Though Simon Monjack was accused of having a hand in his wife, Brittany Murphy’s death, he always denied it. Five months later, he died in his Los Angeles home of a similar cause as his wife. Last year, his house was given a makeover and is on the market for $18.4 million. At the time of his death, his net worth was a low $500,000.
Actress Brittany Murphy’s cause of death was pneumonia with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple prescription drug intoxication. She collapsed in her bathroom on December 20, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. Five months later, Brittany Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, was also found unconscious in their Hollywood house on May 23, 2010. His mother-in-law called 911, and the paramedics arrived shortly after. However, Monjack was pronounced dead, and the cause of his death was found to be acute pneumonia and severe anemia. It seemed strange that both Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack died of similar causes within such a short period of time.
Big Plans for the Future
Born on March 9, 1970 in Hillingdon, Greater London to Linda Hall and William Monjack, Simon Monjack’s age was 40 at the time of his death. He was a British screenwriter, director, producer, and a makeup artist, who was born to a Jewish family. He aspired to have a career in film and in 2000 he directed, produced, and wrote Two Days, Nine Lives. He was making plans to direct the film adaptation of D.M. Thomas’ novel, The White Hotel, about one of Sigmund Freud’s patients, and planned to cast Brittany Murphy in a leading role.
A Quiet Private Wedding
Monjack and Murphy’s wedding took place at their Los Angeles home. It was a private Jewish ceremony, and the couple did not tell anyone of their engagement beforehand. They also had fewer public appearances before their marriage. This was Monjack’s second marriage as he tied the knot to Simone Bienne in November 2001 in Las Vegas. Their marriage barely lasted five months before they separated. The couple finally divorced five years later. It was also in 2006 that Monjack met Murphy and the two started dating. Simon Monjack had one child before marrying Murphy, but was planning to have children with his second wife.
Simon Monjack’s death was reportedly a result of health issues he had in the past. In fact, his mother told People in January 2010 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 before Brittany’s death.” Monjack was buried next to Murphy at Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood Hills.
Gone Too Young
Before his death, Monjack was embroiled in several legal issues, including a charge for credit card fraud in Virginia, and being sued for $470,000 by Coutts Bank. In February 2007, he faced the threat of deportation as his United States visa expired, leading to his arrest and imprisonment for nine days. Simon Monjack’s net worth was a low $500,000 at the time of his death. Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack’s house in Hollywood Hills was given a massive makeover last year and put on the market for $18.4 million. The house was renovated from the ground up. It has five bedrooms, six baths, and 9,400 square feet of floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and has a totally new look.