Less than five months after Brittany Murphy’s untimely death, Simon Monjack, 39, was found dead in the same Hollywood home in which Murphy died. Police say foul play was not responsible for the death of Murphy’s controversial husband. Many are wondering if Monjack died of an overdose.
Murphy’s mother Sharon, who made that fateful 911 call for her daughter, was forced to make another panicked call May 24 at 9:24 pm. The grieving mom found her son-in-law unconscious in the master bedroom of the home they shared. Paramedics were unable to revive him.
“This evening, Mr Monjack was found unresponsive,” Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.
“Paramedics responded to the house. He was pronounced at 21:45 hours. His death is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, with the assistance of LAPD,” he added. “It appears to be natural. There were some prescription drugs found that belonged to Mr Monjack. There were no illicit drugs located. He was a despondent husband last time [we met]. The family is devastated over his passing. It is under investigation. I ask that you give the family some privacy.”
With cause of death pending, the coroner’s office will do an autopsy in the next few days, which will include a toxicology report. In the meantime, unofficial sources are saying it was a cardiac arrest, while many are muttering over the possibility of an accidental or intentional overdose.
Murphy’s British-born husband wrote Factory Girl and Two Days, Nine Lives, but was better known for his reputation as a conman. His questionable past included accusations that he defrauded several investors out of millions, but those charges were later dropped. Monjack was, however, hit with a $500,000 judgment in regard to a 2006 lawsuit with a British investment firm. Monjack also did nine days in jail in 2007 for overstaying his work visa.
He last made news after failing to file for nonprofit status with the IRS for the charity he started in Murphy’s name, which resulted in the return of all the money collected.
“We began the Brittany Murphy Foundation to honor Brittany’s wishes and to give her family, friends, and fans a way of keeping her legacy alive,” Monjack and his mother-in-law explained in a statement. “In an effort to get the foundation off the ground quickly, we established it as a private foundation with plans to apply for nonprofit status down the road.”
Only a month before that, Monjack was in the news after giving an interview where he claimed he was suing Warner Brothers for wrongful death.
When his 32-year-old wife, Murphy, died of cardiac arrest on December 20, the untimely passing was ruled accidental, but avoidable. The coroner sited a deadly cocktail of pneumonia, anemia and prescription drugs, but Monjack maintained his wife died of a broken heart after getting the boot from the Happy Feet sequel.
When they were returning from that set back in 2009, Monjack made a scene at the airport. Monjack claimed this was not caused by drunkenness, but rather seizures and a heart attack.
In spite of all the bad press he’d received over the years and after his wife’s death, Monjack painted a picture of himself as a loving, dedicated husband in an adoring marriage since 2007. Murphy’s mother stood behind this representation.
This death marks a tragic end to an already tragic Hollywood romance.
SheKnows sends condolences to Sharon Murphy and anyone else feeling this loss today. As always SheKnows will keep you posted as the sad story continues to unfold.