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Brittany Murphy's husband found dead

Actress Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack has died after suffering a suspected heart attack. Monjack was found dead at his Hollywood Hills home last night.

entertainment Updated: May 24, 2010 19:20 IST

Brittany MurphyActress Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack has died after suffering a suspected heart attack. Monjack was found dead at his Hollywood Hills home last night.

The screenwriter's death comes just five months after Murphy, 32, died after collapsing in the shower.

Monjack's death is being investigated by the Los Angeles police department. Sergeant Louie Lozano said police responded to a 911 call from his Hollywood Hills home for 'unspecified medical aid' at a 9:24 pm, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"We have detectives at scene. They are conducting their investigation. Once we have further information, we will provide it," Lozano said.

Murphy had died of cardiac arrest on December 20. The screenwriter later recalled how he had tried to administer CPR in vain. Monjack had caused controversy when he tried to persuade investigators not to have a post-mortem carried out on Murphy's body.

But he said he couldn't bear the idea of having his wife's body cut open, and called the coroner relentlessly -but to no avail.

Murphy's death investigation showed that the actress died from pneumonia complicated by an iron deficiency, anaemia and multiple drug intoxication. Coroners officials said Murphy had gone into sudden cardiac arrest because of drug intake. Her death was classified as an accident.

The actress shot to fame in the 1995 with blockbuster Clueless and went on to work in Just Married.

Monjack, who was born in North London, met Brittany through a mutual friend. They married soon in a ­Jewish ceremony in LA in May 2007.