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Originally posted 07/28/2010 07:05PM
Just two months after burying her 40-year-old son, Linda Monjack is now defending him against allegations that he withdrew large sums of money from Brittany Murphy's account.
In the wake of claims by Murphy's former business manager Jeffrey Morgenroth that Simon drained Brittany's bank account and left her mother Sharon in a state of financial uncertainty, Linda is fighting back.
"I think there were financial problems [before their deaths]," Linda said from her home in England. "They were certainly acting like there were problems. Sharon was asking friends for money and I don't know why."
Originally posted 07/28/2010 09:00AM
The sad saga of Brittany Murphy is growing even more grim.
Six months after the 32-year-old actress's death in December from pneumonia, anemia and multiple-drug intoxication, new allegations are surfacing about her controversial husband, the late British film producer Simon Monjack.
Murphy's former business manager Jeffrey Morgenroth tells PEOPLE that Monjack drained his deceased wife's cash reserves by 80 percent before his own death from anemia and pneumonia in May.
As a result, Murphy's mom Sharon, 57, is facing financial uncertainty, says Morgenroth.
Originally posted 07/26/2010 11:30AM
Brittany Murphy's mother, Sharon Murphy, says reports that a toxic mold may have contributed to the premature deaths of her daughter and of Brittany's husband Simon Monjack are "absurd."
"I have never been personally asked by the coroner or anyone from the Health Department to come and inspect my home for mold," Murphy told PEOPLE. "In the last eight months, I have been through the most unimaginable events, which no one could ever fathom. I have and will continue to be very cooperative and fully comply with any such request."
As for the speculation that has surfaced, she says, "It's absurd that this kind of misinformation is being reported by the media."
Originally posted 07/22/2010 12:45PM
The mother of Brittany Murphy says she's grateful her son-in-law's preliminary autopsy findings have been released, so that "the media speculations can stop."
"As I was sure of, just like my daughter Brittany, there was no kind of drug overdose [for Simon Monjack]," Sharon Murphy said in a statement Wednesday.
The Los Angeles County Coroner found that the May 23 death of Monjack, 40, was caused by acute pneumonia and severe anemia – the same two causes of Murphy's death five months earlier, CNN reports.
Originally posted 07/21/2010 07:10PM
Simon Monjack died from acute pneumonia and severe anemia – the same two causes of wife Brittany Murphy's death – the Los Angeles County Coroner has found.
The British screenwriter, 40, was found dead May 23 at the couple's Hollywood home, five months after Murphy, 32, died.
The coroner's office said pneumonia was the primary cause of Murphy's death but anemia and multiple drug intoxication were contributing factors.
Asked for the cause of death for Monjack, Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter told CNN, "Just like Brittany." Winter added that some prescription drugs were found in his system but not in lethal levels.
Originally posted 05/27/2010 08:25PM
About 75 friends and family members gathered in Los Angeles Thursday to bid farewell to Brittany Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack, who died Sunday.
The private orthodox Jewish service, presided over by Rabbi David Baron, took place in the Chapel of the Hills, the same memorial chapel where Murphy was eulogized in December after her death. Monjack was then buried next to his late wife at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
"It was Simon's wish to be laid to rest next to her," says family spokesman Roger Neal, who described the memorial as "celebratory and healing."
Originally posted 05/26/2010 05:00PM
Though family members are still finalizing burial plans, Simon Monjack will most likely be buried next to his late wife Brittany Murphy, PEOPLE confirms.
"That was definitely his wish," says spokesman Roger Neal. "It's safe to say that wish will be fulfilled."
Monjack, who was found dead Sunday night five months after Murphy died of cardiac arrest, will be laid to rest in a private ceremony Thursday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, where his wife was interred Dec. 24.
E! Online was first to report on Monjack’s wish to be buried next to Murphy.
Reporting by SARA HAMMEL
Originally posted 05/25/2010 09:50AM
Brittany Murphy's mother Sharon has expressed her grief at the death of her son-in-law Simon Monjack on Sunday, just five months after his movie-star wife passed away.
"I loved Simon like a son, and he loved me like a mom. I've lost a son-in-law and a daughter, and I'm devastated," Murphy says in a statement to PEOPLE.
Roger Neal, a publicist for the Murphy and Monjack families, said Tuesday on NBC's Today show that Monjack, 40, was putting off heart surgery to focus on a September gala for the Brittany Murphy Foundation, which helps inner-city children discover the arts.
Originally posted 05/24/2010 02:55PM
Simon Monjack, who was found dead in the Hollywood home where he lived with Brittany Murphy's mother Sharon, had suffered heart trouble but had been putting off surgery.
"Simon needed a [heart] bypass," according to Roger Neal, a spokesman for Simon, Sharon and the Brittany Murphy Foundation. "I was told he needed a bypass, and I said to him, 'Simon, you have so much going on, let's keep you healthy.' I said, 'You want to be healthy. Don't you?' He said yes, but he said, 'The bypass can wait.' "
As for how serious Monjack’s condition was, Neal says, "I don't know how much of an emergency it was. The doctors would have made him get it immediately if he needed it, but Sharon confirmed with me he did need a bypass. They didn’t make it public because he had so much going on."
Originally posted 05/24/2010 01:45PM
Just before he died, Simon Monjack was making plans for a European getaway and a new book project.
Speaking to PEOPLE on May 14, just nine days before his death at age 40, the onetime screenwriter said he hoped to travel to Europe with Sharon Murphy, the mother of his late wife Brittany.
"Of course I’ll take her with me – I can’t leave her, " he said of Sharon. Planning to begin work on a photography book about ballet, he said he hoped the project would be therapeutic given Brittany’s love of ballet. "It seems fitting to do it," he said.
A friend of Sharon's confirms that it was she who found Monjack dead in the Hollywood home where the pair continued living after Brittany's death. Already fragile in the wake of her daughter's death five months earlier, a devastated Sharon is "not well at all," says the friend.
"Brittany's mom made the 911 call. He was unresponsive when responders arrived and was pronounced dead at the house," L.A. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter tells PEOPLE. "It's being reported [by the responding fire department] as a possible heart attack. We're not sure if it is natural causes or a possible accident maybe because of the prescription medication found there."
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