Brittany Murphy's Husband Found Dead
Preliminary ruling natural causes
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 24, 2010 5:00 AM CDT
Updated May 24, 2010 6:55 AM CDT
Brittany Murphy's death was ruled accidental, though likely preventable.   (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)
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(Newser) – Brittany Murphy's 39-year-old husband was found dead in his Los Angeles home last night, less than 5 months after the actress died. Simon Monjack's death appears to be of natural causes, officials told AP, but police are continuing to investigate. Murphy died late last year at the age of 32. Her death was ruled accidental, but likely preventable. Authorities found no evidence of illegal drug abuse but discovered numerous prescription drugs in the couple's home. Monjack, a British screenwriter and director, was devastated by Murphy's death.