Could Brittany Murphy’s husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack, have died of a drug overdose? Â It is one of the causes of death that the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will investigate in trying to establish how the 39-year-old died. Â Radar Online reported that, according to Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, Simon Monjack “had a huge number of medicines by his bedside.” Â The presence of the prescription medicines has led the Coroner’s Office to believe that Monjack either died of a heart, from a drug overdose, or a heart attack induced by the medicines he was taking.
The Los Angeles Police Department released Simon Monjack’s body to the Coroner’s Office after making a preliminary determination that he died of natural causes and that there was no foul play involved in his death. Â Police found no weapons and no illegal drugs in the home. Â However, the relative youth of Monjack and the presence of numerous prescription medicines were cause for investigating whether or not the screenwriter had ingested any of the medicines in order to ascertain whether or not they could have contributed to his death.
Simon Monjack’s body was discovered Sunday night by Brittany Murphy’s mother, Sharon Murphy. Â She called 911 and the responding firefighters found Monjack dead upon arrival. Â Sharon Murphy, who continued to live in the same house with Simon Monjack after Brittany Murphy’s death, also discovered her daughter the day she died.
Of course, the presence of prescription drugs does not necessarily mean they were used or in use. Â Simon Monjack’s cause of death may have been the result of any number of contributing factors. Â It usually takes between four-to-six weeks to receive all the various toxicology tests and drug screenings results, at which time the Coroner’s office will deliver a final autopsy report and make a cause of death determination, if possible.