Simon Monjack’s cause of death the same as late wife Brittany Murphy’s

Brittany Murphy died early this morning after she went into full cardiac arrest and could not be revived, multiple sources reported to TMZ. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 20, 2009 after her husband, Simon Monjack, called emergency services. The “Clueless” actress was pronounced dead on arrival. Murphy was recently seen at the premier of “Across The Hall” in Beverly Hills and looked very skinny but in good spirits. Not long before that on November 28 2009 her husband Simon was rushed to the hospital after landing at the LAX airport, he is okay and doing well but the unfortunate death of his wife id heart breaking. This story is still developing and more details to be reported later. Archived Images: Last night, Juicy Couture threw a celebrity-studded party at the new store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills! Tons of stars came out for the occasion including Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Molly Sims, Anthony Kieds, Nicollette Sheridan, Rebecca Romijn and Brittany Murphy. Murphy has been out of sight for a while, but is about to come back to the silverscreen with four movies in production! She arrives to the Juicy event with her husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack. CR: CAM/Fame Pictures Fame Pictures, Inc Fame Pictures, Inc

The coroner’s report is in on the cause of death for Simon Monjack, the widower of the late actress Brittany Murphy. Murphy passed away suddenly at the age of 32. collapsing in her bathroom last December after suffering from a flu-like illness. There was rampant speculation that she died from a drug interaction or overdose, but the coroner ultimately ruled that her death was caused by pneumonia, anemia and “multiple drug intoxication”. Just a few months later Brittany’s widower Simon Monjack, 40, also living in the same mansion where she passed in the Hollywood Hills, died at home. People wondered whether it was a pre-existing heart condition or a drug overdose, but just like Brittany he died of pneumonia and anemia.

Autopsy results for the Clueless star’s screenwriter widower, Simon Monjack, reveal that he died of acute pneumonia and severe anemia—nearly the exact same cause of death as Murphy, E! News has learned.

Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter confirmed that while Monjack did have some legal medications in his system, he did not succumb to a prescription drug overdose or multiple drug intoxication; drugs were listed as a contributing factor in Murphy’s death.

Additionally, the medical examiner ruled out heart disease as a contributing factor. Monjack had reportedly been experiencing heart problems before his lifeless body was found on May 23 in the same Hollywood residence he shared with Murphy, and in which Murphy died on Dec. 20. In yet another tragic coincidence, both were found by Murphy’s mother, Sharon, who also lived with the couple.

Monjack and Murphy were buried next to each other at Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Winter told E! News that his office will conduct one more test on Monjack at the request of his family, but did not disclose any details what that might be.

The official autopsy report won’t be made available for another two weeks.

In response to today’s news, Sharon Murphy said that she was relieved that “the media speculation can stop” regarding what killed her son-in-law.

“As I was sure of, just like my daughter Brittany there was no kind of drug overdose,” she said in a statement released by publicist Roger Neal.

“I am calling on the media to stop the reckless innuendos, that my daughter and son-in-law misused any kind of prescription medications. Thank you to the thousands of people who have sent letters and emails letting me know I am in their thoughts and prayers. I am getting stronger every day.”

[From E! Online]

The fact that both Brittany and Simon died of pneumonia and anemia could be a coincidence, but it seems suspicious to me that they were both living in the same home and died at such young ages from the same cause. I was once very ill for months from mold in the attic of a second floor apartment I was living in at the time. (The landlord never sealed the attic adjacent to the apartment, knew it was leaking, and never told me until I was already sick and discovered the mold. It was a nightmare.) Black mold can cause pneumonia-like symptoms and anemia and Brittany’s mother should have the home inspected immediately.

A few months before his death, Simon gave Radar Online a tour of the very messy bathroom in which Brittany Murphy passed away. Brittany and Simon were not the tidiest people and it’s possible they overlooked something in the house that may have led to a mold infestation. That’s pure speculation, but I worry for Brittany’s mom, a breast cancer survivor, if she’s still living in that house. It’s just too strange and sad that a young couple who lived there died within a few months of each other of the same cause.

37214, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -Monday May 214 2010. FILE PICTURE dated Wednesday January 27 2010 of Simon Monjack - the widower of Brittany Murphy - stopping to speak to photographers outside Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood, on one of his first public appearances since his wife's death. Monjack has been found dead at the West Hollywood home he shared with his late wife. . Photograph: Josephine Santos,

May 23, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - SIMON MONJACK (August 5,1970 - May 23, 2010) British screenwriter and husband of the late actress BRITTANY MURPHY, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills home on Sunday night. He was 39. His wife BRITTANY MURPHY died at age 32, Dec. 20, 2009 from a combination of pneumonia and prescription drugs. They were married in 2007. PICTURED - Feb 4, 08 - New York City, New York, U.S. - British screenwriter SIMON MONJACK and wife actress BRITTANY MURPHY attend the Max Azria Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at Bryant Park in New York City. © Red Carpet Pictures

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 05:  Actress Brittany Murphy (R) and husband Simon Monjack attend the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2008 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2008 at The Promenade at Bryant Park on February 5, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG)

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  1. LisaMarie says:

    I had a teacher in high school who’s entire family got sick because of rampant black mold in their house. Their house ended up being condemned and they had to move out completely. His daughter was in the hospital for weeks before she finally got better. Horrible, horrible stuff. If mold is a factor in this case, it makes it all the more sad because its so preventable.

  2. Po says:

    That is very weird and I know if it were me I would get the hell out of there.

  3. Sarah says:

    I was thinking before that it sounds like something in that house could be making them sick. That’s just too strange that they both died from the same thing.

  4. flourpot says:

    I really hope that Britt’s mum is doing ok and she has other family that will support her emotionally. Hugs to her.

  5. sam says:

    Not meaning to sound ignorant, but isn’t swine flu still going around? I’ve read that it can lead to pnuemonia and is most dangerous to those with pre-existing conditions especially heart problems. But I don’t know if it would be likely to have fatally affected two people so far apart would it?

  6. locagirl says:

    Well, if their bathroom especially, or house is dirty, it’s easy to pass something back and forth. I lived with two roommates and we had two bathrooms – I had my own. For 3 months, the girls were passing back and forth strep throat to each other – they also NEVER cleaned their bathroom; it was disgusting! I cleaned mine every Saturday and was never once sick…..

  7. GatsbyGal says:

    I agree, I think there’s something in that house that was making them ill. It’s so weird for them both to die of the same thing only months apart.

  8. Kitten says:

    As someone who suffered from severe anemia for several years, it is no joke. I just know that generally something has to CAUSE it, which I guess in this case would be the pneumonia? This is an interesting (but ultimately inconclusive) link about the black mold/pneumonia connection:

  9. Lisa S. says:

    That is so bizarre. You are right CB, her Mother needs to have the house checked out ASAP.

  10. waldemar says:

    That was the first thing I thought when I saw the headline: mold. Deadly stuff.

  11. jones says:

    Not to sound like a jerk, but there is something freaky about the way these two died. Just bizarre and freaky.

  12. e says:

    Alcohol or drug abuse is strongly associated with pneumonia. They were doing the same drugs. They both died from the same thing.

  13. bellaluna says:

    I don’t know if anyone else is aware of this, but:
    Codeine and Vicodin are cough suppressants. If you are regularly taking Vicodin and you develop pneumonia, you are unable to cough up the fluid in your lungs because of the Vicodin. Pneumonia is most dangerous when your cough is dry; you can’t cough anything up, it stays in your lungs, you get worse, you can die.

    I’m not saying that’s what happened here, and I really hope that’s not the case. But they were taking the same drugs, and they did both have the same cause of death.

  14. Tuatara says:

    These two never looked very healthy in any of their pictures. Particularly him.

  15. missmilly says:


  16. hanh says:

    They both were heavy drug addicts and Brittney had an eating disorder. Combine that with Pneumonia and its deadly. I wouldn’t put it past them to not get care for their Pneumonia to hide their drug habit.

  17. mhjmc says:

    RIP Simon & Brittany; I hope you find Peace, Love and Acceptance where ever you are now. God bless.

  18. RHONYC says:

    pic # 4 is the quintessential ‘lipstick-on-a-pig’ shot that i’ve ever seen.



    ok, off to hell now.

  19. Maritza says:

    If I were Brittany’s mom I would have sold that house already. Although I imagine the value must have gone really down having had two people die in that house.

  20. bros says:

    is it just me or is that mom beginning to look miiiiiiighty suspicious?

  21. dvz says:

    Not just you, bros. It’s reminding me of a case Ann Rule wrote about.

    My take is the mum was poisoning them. She was with them all of the time, lead is readily available, and ingesting it causes anemia. Ms. Murphy didn’t look like she ate much, but wasn’t she taking cold medicine? and drinking tea? Slip it in there. Mr. Monjack didn’t look like he missed many meals, and perhaps his mother in law just LOVED to cook for him.

    It’s just too coincidental that they both died in the same manner.

  22. Mairead says:

    Lads, I will share my mantra with you: Ventilation, Ventilation, Ventilation. It’s something I used to chant at owners of older buildings all the time (which need about 14 exchanges of air an hour to remain “healthy”), but it’s actually even more of a problem in newer houses as energy efficiency gubbins is trying to get that down to 2-3 maximum to improve energy efficiency (basically not wasting energy heating fresh air). Many new houses and apartments especially may not have enough ventilation points, or incorrectly connected ventilation.

    In the case of CB’s attic, there was either a water leak leading to wet rot and mould or dry rot which occurred when the leak was repaired was covered over and the area damaged by water was not allowed to dry out. My parents house had huge amounts of it in one room with a wooden floor when somebody decided to block the airvents beneath the floor, which lead the timber to completely rot over 15 years and there was huge amounts of black mould beneath the floor. God the smell stays with me until this day!

    I used to have pretty bad anaemia and am still prone to it – it really does mess up your immune system which could have made them more susceptible to pneumonia being fatal (from whatever source) if they weren’t taking care of themselves?

  23. sarajane says:

    Pneumonia can cause anemia. It’s happening to my grandpa right now.

    I doubt that vicodin *caused* the pneumonia but it probably didn’t help.

    I had black mold in my house. The basement had flooded and the remediation people didn’t get all of the water. About a week later when I was down there putting laundry in, I saw a spot on the floor that looked like spilled oil, but I had no idea what it was. My husband, son and I all started having breathing issues and headaches, nausea and a whole host of other issues. I had another crew come out to the house and when they opened up a wall, the basement was FULL of it. We had to leave the house for two weeks and the entire basement (which is a finished basement) had to be totally torn apart and redone. We had to replace tons of filters and things, the furnace & a/c were taken apart and cleaned, had to get all of the upholstered furniture cleaned, all of the rugs…it was a MESS and ended up costing a fortune. It’s no joke that it can make you really sick, even KILL you and I can only imagine how sick we would have been exposed to it much longer than we had. 🙁

  24. Rosanna says:

    my guess is, they were vegetarians (possibly vegans) who didn’t bother taking supplements. Anemia makes you VERY vulnerable to infections, especially pneumonia. And everybody doing a vegan diets knows only too well that it’s impossible to be a vegan and have enough iron without supplements.

  25. Jeri says:

    Celebitchy: I think you got it on the nose. Before I read your comment I thought EERIE and HOW WEIRD but after your comment it makes a horrible kind of sense. I hope Sharon hears of this and she gets the house checked.

    The house was briefly put on the market after Britneys death, then quickly taken off. I’m not sure if it was too difficult to sort through Britneys’ things or if the house failed inspection or what.

  26. original kate says:

    sorry but he really creeped me out. his interviews after britteny died were like something out of “nightstalker” and her mother is very weird as well. something very, very off about that whole triad.

  27. RHONYC says:

    i watched ‘clueless’ a few weeks back, and britney really did steal the show if you think about it. she was so spunky & adorable, with her ‘original’ nose and features.

    it’s just sad, truly.

    rip, kiddo.

    *rollin’ with tha homies*


  28. iriD says:


    It is a myth that a vegan diet can’t be rich in iron. Beans, nuts, tofu, quinoa, spinach… all have at least as much iron as beef and far more than chicken or pork.

  29. Vegan says:

    I’ve been a vegan for ten years. I’ve never been anemic. I don’t take supplements. Sorry to disappoint!

  30. …. Anna Mossity says:

    Um, yeah… You know what else causes pneumonia-like symptoms, such as the lungs filling up with fluid? Opiates.
    Ms. Murphy’s autopsy lists “multiple drug intoxication” as a contributing factor, and it puzzles me why so many of you would just choose to blithely ignore that. (Well, the mother being delusional, that I can understand.) And just because the husband’s autopsy says the drugs in his system were “legal” doesn’t mean anything. I am on Dr. prescribed Methadone, but just because that makes it “legal” doesn’t make it not dangerous, if taken in contraindicated ways, or by someone non-habituated.

    “Pneumonia” and “cardiac arrest” are just double-speak code-words that coroners use, either out of respect for the family or in the interest of insurance payouts. Every dead person suffered from cardiac arrest, it just means your heart is no longer working. Anemia means your blood is weak or iron-deficient, and pneumonia means fluid in the lungs: When you’ve seen as many people overdose as I have, and have heard that awful noise their lungs make when trying to get air through all that gunky water, you’d recognize this for what it truly is.
    “The simplest explanation is usually the correct explanation.’ –Occham.