Hollywood Toxicology (Autopsies of Celebrities: Brittany Murphy, Andrew Breitbart, Michael Cormier, and Michael Jackson)

Los Angeles, California; the home to the stars and a Mecca for celebrity conspiracy deaths.  Since the Black Dahlia slaying in 1947, the city of Los Angeles has become a hub for celebrity murders and wild theories about their deaths.  While the autopsies for these individuals showed no traces of foul play; the evidence is more than meets the eye.  All of these cases have similarities connected through toxicology reports and LA Coroner’s employees that worked each death. 

Backlogs and the budget restraints have plagued the LA Coroner’s office for years.  Are these autopsies a product of being rushed or covered up?  You decide.

Brittany Murphy


The mysterious interactions of actor Brittany Murphy towards the end of her life are open to speculation.  Brittany’s Husband Simon Monjack found her lifeless in the bathroom on December 20, 2009; toxicology results from the LA Coroner’s office attribute her death to pneumonia and prescription pills (Hydrocodone); she simply stopped breathing.  Against Monjack’s wishes, her father (Angelo Bertolotti) requested a private tox-screen, and the results didn’t match the findings of the LA Coroner’s office.  Ten different toxic metals were found in samples from Brittany Murphy’s hair during the private testing.  Also… a Mees’ lines examination was not performed on Murphy’s body by the LA Coroner’s office due to “nail polish” on her fingers at-the-time-of-death.   Five months later Simon Monjack suffered the same fate as Brittany.

E-NEWS interviewed a forensic pathologist about Brittany’s autopsy results:

One outspoken skeptic is respected forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who, after reviewing the Murphy case, tells E! News, “I had questions initially, and those questions remain.”

The official L.A. County Coroner’s report cited pneumonia, anemia and a trace mix of prescription drugs as causing an “accidental death” from “natural causes.

They also interviewed Ed Winter (Assistant Chief Coroner of the LA Coroner’s office):


E! News reached out to L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, who says he is aware of the independent lab test, adding, [T]he only thing they found was heavy metals present, but I guess either our folks or doctor explained to them it was due to Brittany coloring her hair…It was determined it was from color. She wasn’t poisoned, and we stand by the cause of death. She died from over-the-counter medicines, pneumonia, and anemia.

Dan Anderson is the Toxicologist listed on the LA Coroner’s toxicology report for Brittany Murphy.



Read more about Brittany’s private autopsy and the investigation into the LA Coroner’s office here.

Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson’s sudden death sent shock waves across the world on June 25, 2009.  His personal physician Conrad Murray found Michael unresponsive and proceeded to administer CPR with no success.  Michael’s toxicology report showed two different anti-anxiety drugs and that he was under the influence of general anesthesia (Propofol).  Conrad Murray’s conviction in 2011 closed the door on the investigation but not on the conspiracy theories.

Dan Anderson conducted the lab tests.


Although this case ended with an outcome different than the other investigations; many people believe Conrad Murray to be a scapegoat in Michael Jackson’s death.  Did Jackson’s family knowingly instruct Conrad Murray to administer a cocktail of drugs to gain control of his estate?  Or did the “Illuminati” have Michael taken out before his “This Is It” tour?

In recent news; letters written by Michael Jackson have been discovered and predict ambitions of someone “They” killing him.

He was in emotional meltdown saying, ‘They are going to murder me,'” Jacobshagen said.

Some of the notes make reference to concert promoters AEG, which was behind the This Is It tour. “AEG. Make so much pressure to me… I’m scared about my life,” Jackson wrote.

Just weeks later, he was found dead.


Who really killed Michael Jackson?  After the release of “They Don’t Care About Us,” the song peaked to mainstream status, reaching number four in the United Kingdom, but falling to controversy within the United States for what was deemed “antisemitic” rhetoric within the lyrics.  Who are “They”?  At the beginning of the song you can hear a young girl state “We know the truth.

Andrew Breitbart


On the night of February 29th, 2012, Breitbart arrived at a Los Angeles hotspot called the Brentwood.  He mostly kept to himself, tweeting and sipping on red wine.  A random conversation sparked with marketing executive Arthur Sando about the current state of politics, Andrew left soon after.  He suffered an apparent heart attack and dropped dead in the same neighborhood the bar is located within around 11:30 p.m.  He was pronounced dead on March, 1st. 


An eyewitness (Christopher Lasseter) to the death of Andrew Breitbart described the scene to WND:


There was a thick white band around his forehead all the way around his hairline, bright red face, thick, thick white band – made me make a double take.” 

Below is a screenshot of Andrew Breitbart’s ‘toxicology requests,’ from his autopsy file.

The box for “Other” is checked and the specified drug for testing is “Cyanide.” 

If foul play was not suspected then why were tests for cyanide requested?  Our source has stated that Michael told them that the Breitbart family was suspicious of the details surrounding Andrew’s death since he was only 43.  That’s more than likely why the private autopsy was issued.


Cyanide was not found in the tests administrated by Dan Anderson (Supervising Criminalist II).



No reference to a thick white band or redness of the face is in the autopsy report. 

Michael Cormier

(Michael Cormier & Jermaine Jackson)


Michael Cormier was an LA Coroner’s Tech who performed Breitbart’s private autopsy on March, 4th, 2012.  Michael Cormier was meticulously poisoned with inorganic arsenic over the course of eight days, 4/13/12-4/20/12.  Michael passed away from a final dose of arsenic that was administered in the hospital.  The official autopsy report of Andrew Breitbart was released on April 20, 2012.


Below are reports from the official autopsy of Michael Cormier. 

Dr. Ortiz Form 12, page 8:

Opinion: “The demise of this 61-year-old is the result of acute intoxication by arsenic.  Arsenic is a metalloid element, whose effects are produced by blockage of the intracellular metabolic pathways with resultant cessation of cellular activity and death.  The symptoms of acute arsenic intoxication are nonspecific and mainly are gastrointestinal (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) such as manifested in this case, which slowly progressed to multiorgan failure and death.  Arsenic can present as the salt of the element (inorganic) or compounded with organic molecules (so-called organic). The most toxic is the inorganic variety.  In this case, the source of the arsenic remains unknown in spite of multiple attempts to characterize it.”


Dr. Ortiz found a flaky substance in Cormier’s stomach that he thought could be arsenic; he sent it to the forensics lab to be tested.  The lab was “inefficient” and would not conduct the advance testing required to determine the type of arsenic from the stomach contents.  The LA Coroner’s office didn’t have the “resources” to test the arsenic, or they simply didn’t feel the case was important to their “resources.”

September 6, 2012

Cyrus Rangan M.D./Medical Toxicologist states to Chief Medical Examiner Lakshmanan in the Forensic Consultant’s Report Form 13:

The treating physician considered the possibility of arsenic poisoning and ordered an arsenic level.  On autopsy, arsenic was also examined.  Arsenic was examined from 2 forensic heart blood samples, one that revealed a result of 720 mcg/L from a sample sent to NMS, and another that revealed a result of 1800 mcg/L from a sample sent to UC Davis.  These two results are discrepant; however, it is important to note that both results are extremely high.  The sample sent from the hospital is consistent with the result sent to UC Davis.  Given that lives samples are generally regarded as more accurate than forensic samples when determining blood levels of chemicals, we can acknowledge that his arsenic blood level near the time of death was in the range of 1800 mcg/L. Stomach level revealed 177 mg of arsenic.

The progression of signs and symptoms for this decedent is consistent with acute arsenic poisoning.  Given that the decedent was discharged from one medical center in apparently stable condition, and presented to another Center with worsening symptoms, it is possible that he had an additional exposure to arsenic in between these two hospitalizations.

Upon initial review of this case, I had inquired as to whether the arsenic levels could be speciated, to determine the relative contributions of trivalent and pentavalent arsenic to his total arsenic level.  In addition, I had acquired as to whether the stomach contents could be further tested to determine the form of arsenic salt that was detected.  These inquiries were an effort to characterize the decedent’s exposure specifically, with the prospect that a potential source of arsenic might be determinable.  I was informed that these advanced tests would not be possible.  Therefore, my conclusion based on available data is that the decedent died from severe acute arsenic poisoning of unknown origin.  The clinical presentation and the level of arsenic detected in the blood and stomach are consistent with a large, recent intentional exposure.”


Dr. Rangan has the same conclusion as Ortiz.  He was told the advanced tests for the stomach contents would not be possible.  Who informed Dr. Rangan and Ortiz the advance tests were not available?


Dan Anderson (Supervising Criminologist/Toxicologist on the Breitbart autopsy) was promoted to Interim Chief and preceded to dispose of key evidence in the case of Michael Cormier.

Emails between Dan Anderson and our Source REGARDING STOMACH CONTENTS

Dan Anderson: “As of today, Labs is in possession of HB, Fbx3, Vit, EDTA, Hosp bldx1, Hosp serumx2.

The ST, Liv, Bile, Urine Skeletal muscle, Fat and Msentin fat were discarded on 3-25-13 per retention policy.

If I recall correctly, he spent several days in the hospital—therefore, testing of the stomach would not be so relevant as they may have already pumped his stomach.”

Source: “Thanks, Dan, However, your recollection is not correct.  Mike did not spend several days in the hospital, only several hours.  His stomach was not pumped.  Submitted stomach contents contained 2300ppm of arsenic according to a lap report emailed to you 5/9/2012.  We need the stomach contents. Do you have it, Dan?”

Dan Anderson: “Stomach contents?  My apologies about my recollection. As stated, the specimens (as noted) were discarded.”


Breitbart toxicology reports reviewed by Dan Anderson



The date for the Breitbart toxicology report is listed as April 9, 2012.

Michael Cormier fell ill on April 13, 2012

Arsenic-induced in small doses will show effects much later than one large dose.  Did Michael disagree with the toxicology report or did he find something crucial from the private autopsy?


Stomach contents, especially in arsenic cases, are important to the investigation in more than one-way.  In the 1800’s stomach contents were thrown into a fire, if they emitted a sense of garlic, the corpse was suspected of dying from arsenic.  We now possess technological advances in the testing of stomach contents, which is a key piece of evidence in almost every homicide case.

2,300 ppm of Cormier’s stomach contents were never submitted for advanced testing.  They were destroyed under the authorization of Dan Anderson. Therefore the origin of the arsenic could not be discovered.


As stated by Exploreforsenics.co.uk

In most autopsies, the contents of the stomach are an important piece of evidence, which can sometimes prove to be the difference between accidental death and foul play.”

This is an official PROJECT ASTRAL article.

– Press Graye


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