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Medical problems, prescripton drugs probed in death of Brittany Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack

May 24, 2010 |  8:00 am


Authorities said they have ruled out foul play in the death of actress Brittany Murphy's husband and are examining his medical history.

Screenwriter Simon Monjack died at his home in the 1800 block of Rising Glen Road, just five months after the death of his wife, according to Sgt. Louie Lozano of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sources told The Times that authorities collected some prescription drugs from Monjack's home and that it is standard procedure to examine those as part of the death investigation. The sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because the investigation is still open, stressed they have no evidence that drugs caused his death.

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: Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack. Credit: FilmMagic