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Brittany Murphy's Husband Found Dead

Brittany Murphy's husband has been found dead at his Los Angeles home, five months after the Hollywood actress died.

Authorities have ruled the preliminary cause of death of British screenwriter Simon Monjack to be natural causes. Police say Monjack appears to have died of a heart attack. However, the medical examiner confirms some drugs were recovered at the scene.

"We concluded there no signs of foul play or any criminal activity involved," says Sgt. Alex Ortiz, another police spokesman.

"This evening Mr. Monjack was found unresponsive. Paramedics responded to the house, he was pronounced at 9:45 PM. It appears to be natural."

"There were some prescription drugs found that belonged to Mr. Monjack and will have an ongoing investigation. The cause of death is pending. We will have an autopsy in the next day or so. And pending toxicology, we will be releasing results once we get all those tests back."

Ortiz explains that firefighers, who responded to an emergency call from Brittany Murphy's mother, Sharon, found the 39-year-old dead in the master bedroom of the Hollywood Hills residence. Monjack and Murphy had shared their home with Murphy's mother.

Murphy died of cardiac arrest in the same house and was found in the mater bedroom's bathtub. The coroner ruled her death accidental, with the fatal combination of pneumonia, anemia and prescription drugs, many of which were prescribed in Monjack's name. She was 32 at the time.

May 24, 2010 |

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