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Husband of actress Brittany Murphy found dead at home

Simon Monjack and Brittany MurphyThe husband of actress Brittany Murphy was found dead Sunday night at his home in the Hollywood Hills, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Screenwriter Simon Monjack died at the home in the 1800 block of Rising Glen Road, just five months after the death of his wife, according to Sgt. Louie Lozano. The cause of death was unknown late Sunday night.

"We have detectives at scene," Lozano said. "They are conducting their investigation. Once we have further information, we will provide it."

At 9:24 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a 911 call for an “unspecified medical aid request,” according to spokesman Brian Humphrey. Fire Department personnel provided medical services to Monjack, and he was pronounced dead, according to a Los Angeles police sergeant, who declined to give his name, at the Hollywood Station late Sunday night. The sergeant said detectives were arriving at the home.

In February, the Los Angeles County coroner's office ruled that Murphy died of pneumonia complicated by an iron deficiency, anemia 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.

Murphy, 32, went into cardiac arrest at her home in the Hollywood Hills. L.A. firefighters responded to a medical call about 8 a.m. at the home. Firefighters tried unsuccessfully to revive Murphy on the way to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about two hours later.

Murphy appeared in "Clueless" (1995), in which she starred opposite Alicia Silverstone and made many other film appearances, including in "Girl Interrupted" (1999), "8 Mile" (2002), "The Dead Girl" (2006), and "Across the Hall" (2009). She also was featured as the voice of Luanne Platter in the Fox TV show "King of the Hill."

-- Andrew Blankstein and Rich Connell

Photo: Monjack and Murphy in 2009. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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I'll be interested to see what the developments in this story are...

RIP Brittany.

I am shocked. I am stunned. My first response when I learned of Simon Monjack's death on Twitter was disbelief. First Brittany Murphy, now her husband five months later. What is going on? Sad for the families who have to bear this. From a fan still missing Brittany Murphy....

Wow! I Pray for them both. Too much tragedy here. May they Rest in Peace.

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Rest in peace, Simon Monjack

This is just SAD. I really liked Brittany as an actress. I didn't know much about her husband, but a life is a life. And this is SAD.

oh wow

I feel very sad. Brittany Murphy beast of luck for your further life.

So incredibly sad.
The mother, Sharon, has lost her daughter last December, her mother last month, and now, her son-in-law yesterday. And she is having to endure this plethora of tragedy while undergoing excruciating treatment for cancer which has rendered her bedridden for days at a time.
So incredibly sad.
Our prayers are with her.

It is always very sad to learn that some one with a full life ahead decides to cut it short. My sympathy is with his family and friends.


Rest in peace dude. Hopefully you'll find the solace that eluded you in some other existance.

So sad. Hollywood continues to eat her young.

Natural Causes, I'm Certain Of It.

Brittany Murphy died from cardiac arrest just five months ago on December 20. Despite being plagued by rumors of illegal drug use and eating disorders, her death was cause by pneumonia, Simon Monjack

How tragic... I still can't get over the fact that Brittany Murphy has passed, it's all so sad. What's also sad is how underrated she was, she not only deserved more recognition and more roles... I've noticed that articles such as this one fail to mention other great movies she was in like "Riding in Cars with Boys" and "Freeway". She did awesome in "Little Black Book" and also in "Love and Other Disasters" I mean she did great work as well as was the leading role!!... so I say, Really? I don't mean to hate but it was upsetting to see her credited as having "appeared" or made "appearances" in movies. For example, the timeless "Clueless" she co starred but definitely made a huge impact... her "appearance" in the movie is so memorable not to mention hilarious.

He's not dead, he's with the love of his life, Brittany and they are both very much alive. Nothing ever dies as long as we never forget.

OMG that is so sad. He probably just couldnt go on without his wife. RIP may they now be dancing in Heaven together again.


Wow... if this isn't strange... they may want to re-open Brittany's case

I just wanted to say that it is very sad and knowing that you love someone so much that you can not live with out them is even worse.

Has anyone checked for mold in the home of Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack's home? Mold can cause flu like symptoms. It is just strange to me they both died so close together. Feel sad for them and I used to work around mold and was curious.

Wow. My first thought when I read this was suicide, or maybe he just let go of his health completely and did drugs all the time to deal with his mourning/depression

Opiates, such as heroin and oxycontin, suppress the cough reflex and can lead to bouts of pneumonia in chronic users.

Corey Haim died of the same chronic opiate abuse pneumonia.

I'm sure they'll find that this guy ODed on heroin.

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