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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."
Originally posted 05/24/2010 06:05AM
Five months after the death of actress Brittany Murphy, her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, was found dead Sunday night in the couple's Hollywood home, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
Monjack, 40, was pronounced dead after the Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the residence for a medical emergency, say authorities. Police spokesman Sgt. Louie Lozano said the preliminary cause of death was natural causes, but investigators remained at the scene.
Law enforcement sources told the Hollywood Reporter that Brittany's mother, Sharon, discovered Monjack around 9:30, unresponsive, and called 911.
In January, Monjack's mother, Linda Monjack, told PEOPLE that her son was "unwell, and the doctors are carrying out tests. On whether he has a heart problem it is not really for me to say, you must ask him, but yes, there have been health problems in the past. I believe it's common knowledge, and it’s been in the press that he had a slight heart attack a week from Brittany's death coming back from Puerto Rico."
Originally posted 02/25/2010 05:40PM
Putting to rest rumors about Brittany Murphy's health before she died, the Los Angeles Coroner found that the actress did not abuse drugs or alcohol and wasn't dangerously thin.
The final report released Thursday states that Murphy had "elevated levels" of Vicodin and drugs from over-the-counter cold medicine in her system, but no illegal substances.
"There is no history of alcohol or drug abuse," the report reads. "The overall appearance of the body is consistent with the recorded height of 65 inches and the recorded weight of 115 pounds. The body appears well developed, normally muscular and slim but not excessively thin."
Originally posted 02/16/2010 05:30PM
Just weeks after Brittany Murphy died, an invitation to the launch of The Brittany Murphy Foundation was circulated. The event was to be both a memorial and a charity fundraiser, with guests asked for "suggested donations" of up to $10,000.
But then, amid complaints by the actress's friends, the event was abruptly canceled, with Murphy's husband citing severe health problems. Now, the foundation says it will return all donations and not solicit more until its nonprofit status is officially approved.
The problems have brought criticism on its founders – Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, and her mother, Sharon Murphy – and left friends disgruntled that there still has not been a public memorial for the 32-year-old star of Clueless and 8 Mile.
Originally posted 02/04/2010 08:00PM
Brittany Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, says his wife was "not that ill" whe she died on Dec. 20 in the Hollywood Hills home they shared with her mother, Sharon.
Monjack told PEOPLE he was "ridiculously upset" on Thursday – the day the L.A. coroner released findings saying Murphy died primarily from pneumonia, with multiple drug intoxication and "iron deficiency anemia" as contributing to her accidental death. No illegal drugs were found in her system.
"Everything [surprised me and Brittany's mom about the report]," he told PEOPLE. "I expected [the cause of death] to be her heart."
Monjack and Sharon Murphy have said they believed Brittany's death was due to a congenital heart murmur, and denied rumors that the actress used illegal drugs or suffered from an eating disorder. They added that Murphy's heart condition was diagnosed in her teens, but said she had received proper treatment for it.
Originally posted 02/04/2010 02:05PM
Brittany Murphy could still be alive today had she seen a doctor sooner, a Los Angeles coroner official says.
"This death could've been preventable," Assistant Chief Ed Winter tells PEOPLE. "Murphy was planning on seeing a doctor, but she unfortunately passed away before she did. This was a case of a person with pneumonia who was anemic (having a low blood count) who was taking medication when she should've been getting medical treatment."
Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey specified that pneumonia was the primary cause of death, with drugs and anemia as contributing factors.
Winter confirms that no illegal drugs were found in the actress's system: "It was only prescription and over-the-counter meds," he said.
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