Simon Monjack Attempts To Dispel Rumors That His Wife, Brittany Murphy, Died From an Overdose

Tue, December 22, 2009 3:03pm EDT by 2 Comments


Do you believe Simon Monjack when he says he has no idea what killed his wife?

Since Brittany Murphy’s shocking death on Dec. 20, the spotlight has been hot on her husband of three years, Simon Monjack. What would he say regarding the various empty prescription pill containers found in her name on their nightstand? Why did she stop seeing most of her old friends when they got married in April 2007?

Simon has finally decided to address the rumors., the first being that Brittany died of an overdose. “I can get rid of that [rumor] right now,” he says to People, claiming that his 32-year-old wife was simply trying to shake a bout of laryngitis.

“She was on herbal remedies that wouldn’t speed up her heart,” Simon says. “There was nothing here that could endanger her; there was prescription medication in the house for her female time and some cough syrup. That was it.”

The night before Brittany’s death, Simon says the couple watched screener movies so she could submit her vote for the Academy Awards; her mood didn’t seem anything out of the ordinary. “She was tired and a little sad because she was sick,” Simon maintains.

He also tries to explain why he so vehemently opposed an autopsy — something that fueled speculation about his and Brittany’s peculiar relationship. “My initial reaction to the autopsy was — they’re going to cut her open — I couldn’t bear it. That would break her mother, but we realized we needed to know. I look forward to getting the results.”

In the expectedly emotional interview, Simon says he wishes people would stop hyper-focusing on Brittany’s noticeable weight loss. “These rumors that she was anorexic? It’s crazy – she was slim, but that was her natural physique,” says the screenwriter.

Brittany reportedly told reporters on her last red carpet Dec. 3 that she wanted a baby in 2010. Simon confirms that the couple was trying to get pregnant, but because of her fast metabolism, Brittany needed to gain weight first.

Ultimately, Simon reveals that he’s completely in the dark as to what happened to his wife. “Her mum, myself and her family – we want to know why we lost our baby.”

Do you think Simon knows more than he’s letting on?

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