Brittany Murphy

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Today is the 17th anniversary of Clueless (can you believe it?!), so what better time than now to take a moment to remember Brittany Murphy.

The 32-year-old Uptown Girl passed away Dec. 20, 2009 from pneumonia and anemia, but her father, Angelo Bertolotti, was dissatisfied with the coroner's ruling and filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Country Department of Coroner in January 2012.

In the suit, the thesp's father sought to obtain biological samples from his daughter's body so that they could be retested.

But now E! News has confirmed Bertolotti's lawsuit has officially been dismissed.

Bertolotti filed the lawsuit against the L.A. coroner's office on Jan.11, 2012—a little over a year since Murphy passed away—insisting that the coroner's office didn't do its due diligence by performing "only very basic autopsy procedures/toxicology testing."

His original complaint cited a previous medical case where death by arsenic poising was erroneously attributed to pneumonia and anemia, and therefore, sought to access his daughter's hair samples from her head, face and body that were in the department's possession.

Not only did Murphy's father dispute the coroner's final conclusion, but he also believed that testing his daughter's hair for poisons, toxins or heavy metals in an independent lab would support his theory that Brittany's cause of death is incorrect.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White threw out the complaint Thursday because neither Bertolotti nor an attorney representing him appeared before her. Camp Bertolotti also failed to show up during a previous hearing on June 19.

The blonde beauty's husband, Simon Monjack, discovered Brittany's body inside their Hollywood Hills home on Dec. 20, 2009. Just over a year later in May 2012, Monjack died as a result of pneumonia and anemia as well.

Although Murphy's parents have been divorced since their daughter was two, her mother Sharon is suing her former attorneys for malpractice, claiming they never advised her that it was within her right to sue the contractor and builders of Murphy's home for wrongful death.

—Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

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