Just five months after the death of his wife, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, 39, was pronounced dead after the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a medical emergency call at his home Sunday night. According to our sister blog, L.A. Now, officials have ruled out foul play and are looking into Monjack's medical history.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a 911 call for an “unspecified medical aid request” at 9:24 p.m. Sunday.
In January, Monjack's mother, Linda Monjack, told People.com that her son was "unwell, and the doctors are carrying out tests. On whether he has a heart problem, it is not really for me to say, you must ask him, but yes, there have been health problems in the past. ... He had a slight heart attack a week from Brittany's death coming back from Puerto Rico."
Murphy, 32, went into cardiac arrest at her home in the Hollywood Hills in December. The actress, who appeared in such films as "Clueless" and "8 Mile," died due to pneumonia, an iron deficiency and multiple-drug intoxication. Coroner's officials said Murphy had gone into sudden cardiac arrest because of "drug intake," and her Dec. 20 death was classified as an accident.
The couple, who married in 2007, had no children.
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Simon Monjack and Brittany Murphy in the fall of 2008. Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for IMG