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Monjack missed heart op before death

Late actress Brittany Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack, who died on Sunday, had skipped heart bypass surgery.

entertainment Updated: May 25, 2010 19:37 IST

murphyLate actress Brittany Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack, who died on Sunday, had skipped heart bypass surgery.

Murphy's mother Sharon found the screenwriter’s body in his Hollywood home.

He reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest. Police said the death appeared to be due to "natural causes."

Now, a Brittany Murphy Foundation representative has revealed that Monjack had missed a heart bypass surgery.

"Simon needed a (heart) bypass," the Herald Sun quoted Roger Neal, representing the Brittany Murphy Foundation, as telling People magazine.

He added: "I was told he needed a bypass, and I said to him, ''Simon, you have so much going on, let's keep you healthy.'' I said, ''You want to be healthy. Don't you?'' He said yes, but he said, ''The bypass can wait.''

"I don't know how much of an emergency it was. The doctors would have made him get it immediately if he needed it, but Sharon confirmed with me he did need a bypass. They didn’t make it public because he had so much going on."

Monjack’s actress wife Murphy had died from pneumonia and a drug overdose on December 20, 2009.