Prescription drugs were found close to Simon Monjack’s body.
The British screenwriter - whose wife Brittany Murphy died in December aged just 32 - was discovered “unresponsive” in the bedroom of his Hollywood home last night and Los Angeles coroners are currently investigating why the 39-year-old passed away.
Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said, “There were some prescription drugs found that belonged to Mr. Monjack, and we’ll have an ongoing investigation. Cause of death is pending, and there will be an autopsy after a day or so, and pending toxicology reports, we’ll be releasing the results after we get all those tests back. The family is devastated at this time, and it is under investigation.”
According to the coroner, Simon’s body was found in the master bedroom and there “were no illicit drugs location - just prescription medications,” though he declined to say what they were. Simon’s death will not be investigated by police as there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his passing.
UPDATE: Coroner’s office says Brittany’s death was not a result of alcohol or drug abuse.
The L.A. County Coroner’s Office says Brittany Murphy’s death was an accident.
According to results announced today, the actress died on December 20 as a result of pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication.
Although the specific drugs Brittany ingested have not yet been revealed, all medications in her system were considered prescription. TMZ reports that the 32-year-old had been taking medication for cramps and over-the-counter drugs including cough syrup.
A complete report is expected from the coroner in about two weeks.
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The heavily-publicized memorial service is over, the body has been buried and the press coverage of the star-studded event carries on. But aren’t we all forgetting something?
Like the fact that we still don’t have a real, definitive answer on what killed Michael Jackson in the first place? Jackson’s official death certificate says the cause of death is “deferred,” which means they simply haven’t figured it out yet.
“We have to keep some secrets,” Chief William J. Bratton of the LAPD played his cards close to vest when questioned on Tuesday. And though Jackson’s body has been released to the family following the official autopsy, not all of his organs have been given the same treatment.
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