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Did Brittany Murphy's Moldy House Kill the Actress and Her Husband?

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Actress Brittany Murphy's death rocked Hollywood and the headlines in December 2009, and just five months later, her husband Simon Monjack also died suddenly. Now Murphy's mother is claiming toxic mold found in the couple's home is what really killed them, reports TMZ.Murphy's cause of death was ruled accidental, and attributed to pneumonia with multiple drug intoxication and iron deficiency anemia. Monjack's death was also attributed topneumonia and anemia.

Sharon Murphy, Brittany's mom, is seeking legal action--but not against the people who built the house. Murphy is suing her former lawyers, claiming she was duped by them "into giving up her rights to sue the builders for wrongful death" as part of a "settlement offer for the construction defects back in January." One stipulation of that settlement was that she could not sue them in conjunction with Brittany's death.

"The coroner was aware of Sharon’s hypothesis when he first reviewed the body; however he didn’t believe that the mold played a part in Brittany’s death," adds Celebgossip.com.