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

surrounding it.

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

actress' home.