|Published:||May 24, 2010 10:08 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 24, 2010 10:07 AM EDT|
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The husband of Brittany Murphy was found dead
at his Los Angeles home late Sunday, five months after the
Hollywood actress died, police said.
Firefighters responding to an emergency call found British
screenwriter Simon Monjack dead at the Hollywood Hills residence,
police spokesman Sgt. Louie Lozano said.
The preliminary cause of the 39-year-old Monjack's death is
natural causes, he told The Associated Press.
"We concluded there no signs of foul play or any criminal
activity involved," said Sgt. Alex Ortiz, another police
Ortiz said that the Los Angeles Coroner's Office was taking over
the investigation because criminal activity had been ruled out, and
would provide more details later on the death and circumstances
Firefighters rushed to the home after receiving a call from a
female occupant at 9:40 p.m. Sunday, but Ortiz said he didn't know
who then name of the caller.
At his wife's funeral in December, a visibly emotional Monjack
talked about their relationship and called her his best friend and
soul mate. The two married in 2007.
He had said that they had been planning a family and
contemplating a move to New York.
Murphy, best known for her major roles in "Clueless," "Girl
Interrupted," and "8 Mile" in 2002, died Dec. 20, at age 32
after collapsing in her home. The Los Angeles County coroner's
office concluded Murphy's death was accidental, but likely
The coroner's report said that the medications found in her
system were consistent with treatment of a cold or respiratory
infection. Monjack and Murphy's mother had reported the actress was
ill with flulike symptoms in the days before her death.
An autopsy found no evidence that Murphy abused drugs.
Investigators found numerous prescription medications in the