Brittany Murphy and Husband Simon Monjack Died of the Same Causes
In an eerie end-note to the grim early deaths of actress Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack, the Los Angeles County Coroner has determined that the two died of identical causes, acute pneumonia and severe anemia.
Murphy passed away at the couple's Hollywood home on December 20, 2009, at the age of 32, while British screenwriter Monjack, 40, died on May 23 in the same location.
While the coroner's office noted that pneumonia was the main cause of Murphy's death, anemia and intoxication from multiple drugs also played a factor. According to Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter, prescription drugs were found in Monjack's system, but not in lethal doses.
Per the request of Monjack's family, the full autopsy report will be withheld pending a second test.