May 24, 2010 – Nearly five months to the day after the shocking death of Brittany Murphy, the actress’ screenwriter husband has been found dead in the couple’s Hollywood Hills home. Simon Monjack was 39.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said the cause of Monjack’s death was not immediately known; however, local broadcasts cited law enforcement sources saying it appeared to be a heart attack. Detectives are at the scene and investigating.
The Los Angelels Fire Department confirmed receiving a 911 call seeking medical aid just before 9:30 p.m.
The British-born Monjack’s IMDb résumé included two films: a story credit on Factory Girl, the 2006 biopic of Andy Warhol sidekick Edie Sedgwick, starring Sienna Miller; and as writer-director-producer of the U.K. indie drama Two Days, Nine Lives. He also dabbled in photography.
Murphy died of cardiac arrest in the same house on Dec. 20. The coroner ruled her death accident, the fatal combination of pneumonia, anemia and prescription drugs, many of which were prescribed in Monjack’s name. The Clueless star was just 32.
In February, Monjack came under scrutiny after it was learned that he was trying to raise funds for the Brittany Murphy Foundation without applying for nonprofit status with the IRS. He wound up scuttling the foundation and returned all donations.
A month, Monjack told E! News he was planning on selling the couple’s home and moving to New York.