Husband Simon Monjack says Hollywood and a faulty heart valve killed her.
Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack wants you to know something about his wife's death: neither drugs nor alcohol nor an eating disorder killed Brittany at 32 — it was her broken heart, both literally and metaphorically. 5 Brittany Murphy Characters We Fell In Love With
Say otherwise, and you'll get sued. And he's looking at you British tabloids, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.
Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, both he and his mother-in-law said that Murphy did not use drugs or alcohol and that they are awaiting a determination from coroner's officials that will end speculation prescription medicine caused Murphy's death on Dec. 20 at age 32. Per that same interview:
Murphy had mitral valve prolapse, a common condition where a heart valve does not properly close, but doctors said the actress "would live a long and healthy life," Monjack said.
"She had a fear of dying," [Mother] Sharon Murphy said. "She would not take too much caffeine. She wouldn't even have a glass of champagne on New Year's. She was just high on life, and people see that as something else I guess."
The troves of prescription drugs found around the house? Some of them belonged to him, and those that didn't — Klonopin and Sarafem — were no big deal, saying that he did not think a harmful interaction of drugs played a role in his wife's death. Did Brittany Die Because Of Her Spouse's Habits?
"She had been sick with flu-like symptoms in the days before her death and had been taking Robitussin, but nothing more," he said, adding: "She was alive one minute and she was dead the next," Monjack said.
"You want to know what broke Brittany Murphy's heart? Hollywood broke Brittany Murphy's heart," Simon told to Larry King in another interview earlier this week.
Photo via Bauer-Griffin.