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Husband of late actress Brittany Murphy found dead

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, May 24, 2010 9:53 EDT
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The husband of late actress Brittany Murphy has been found dead, authorities confirmed Monday, five months after his wife’s accidental death.

British screenwriter Simon Monjack, 39 was discovered unconscious at the couple’s home in the Hollywood Hills late Sunday before being pronounced dead, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed Monday.

Preliminary investigations indicated his death was natural causes, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

Monjack’s wife, “Clueless” star Murphy, had died at the same home on December 20, her sudden death causing shockwaves to ripple across the entertainment industry and triggering speculation drugs were responsible.

The coroner’s office later ruled she died of pneumonia complicated by an iron deficiency, anemia and multiple drug intoxication.

Monjack and Murphy married in 2007. They had no children.

Despite calls from some of Murphy’s friends for Monjack to be investigated over the death, officials repeatedly emphasized he was not a suspect.

“No one’s criminally liable here because this has been ruled an accident,” assistant coroner Ed Winter told People magazine in February. “He was never considered a suspect.

Murphy made her name in television sitcoms during the 1990s before grabbing notable roles in “Clueless,” the Oscar-winning “Girl, Interrupted,” “Sin City,” “8 Mile” and animated hit “Happy Feet.”

She provided the voice of Luanne Platter in more than 200 episodes of the animated television sitcom “King Of The Hill.”

Born in Atlanta, Murphy was raised by her mother, Sharon, in New Jersey before moving to Los Angeles.

The star scored her first role in 1991 on the television show “Blossom,” before landing a starring role that same year in “Drexell’s Class.”

She also had recurring roles in “Sister, Sister,” “Party of Five” and “Boy Meets World.”

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