Five months after Murphy’s death, on May 23, 2010, her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, was also found dead in the couple’s Hollywood home
In December 2009, Brittany Murphy’s death rocked the world. She died under mysterious circumstances at the young age of 32. A new documentary series ‘What Happened, Brittany Murphy?’ examines the life and tragic death of the actor and singer.
According to Time Magazine, the documentary series, directed by Cynthia Hill, isn’t all that great because “its balance between a respectful reassessment of the subject and the lewdness of real crime tends to be strikingly the latter”. The review also states: “The line between justifying an unjustly slandered person and further posthumous exploitation has seldom been so fine.”
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In February 2010, the Los Angeles County coroner said Murphy’s death was an accident caused by a combination of pneumonia, iron deficiency and “multiple drug poisoning.” The coroner’s report said: “There were several drugs in the blood that increased levels of hydrocodone, paracetamol, and chlorpheniramine. L-methamphetamine was also available. ”
It noted that “the pattern of use of these drugs suggests treating symptoms of a cold or other respiratory infection”. The report went on to say, “Acetaminophen and hydrocodone are components of vicodin. Chlorpheniramine is the active ingredient in some over-the-counter drugs. L-methamphetamine is a component of some inhalers.”
Even so, her death has remained a mystery to her fans and true crime enthusiasts. Her death was only made more compelling by the mysterious death of her husband shortly thereafter. Five months after Murphy’s death, her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, was found dead in the couple’s Hollywood home on May 23, 2010. In July, the Los Angeles County coroner said his death was also caused by acute pneumonia and severe anemia. “Just like Brittany,” said assistant coroner Ed Winter at the time.
In January 2010, Monjack’s mother, Linda Monjack, told People magazine that her son “was sick and the doctors were doing tests. I can’t really tell if he has a heart problem, you have to ask him, but yes, there have been health problems in the past. I think everyone knows, and the press reads, that a week after Brittany’s death he had a minor heart attack when he returned from Puerto Rico.
The new documentary series focuses on Murphy and Monjack and the question: Did the latter have anything to do with the death of the former? In the documentary, reporter Amber Ryland recalls getting an exclusive interview with Monjack shortly after Murphy’s death. “I had in the back of my mind, ‘Am I sitting with a murderer?'” She says, adding, “Could he have killed his wife?”
According to reports, friends and colleagues repeatedly describe Monjack as controlling in the new series. They talk about his alleged obsession with skinny women, his alleged penchant for BDSM-tinged photoshoots with Murphy, and his micromanaging of her appearance. They also described him as a cheater – several testimonies, some of which are very convincing, are presented to support these revelations about Monjack’s relationship with Murphy.
“[People] were scared and freaked out. Who was this guy and what happened? ”Murphy’s” King of the Hill “co-star Kathy Najimy recalls in the documentary. “She wanted to marry him and I said, ‘Honey, it hasn’t been long enough.'” Murphy and Monjack were married in 2007.
Elizabeth Ragland, who was engaged to him before dating Murphy, believes her ex was guilty of letting Murphy die – by failing to ensure she received adequate medical care. “Even though he didn’t kill Brittany Murphy, he let her die because he didn’t take her to the doctor and get her help,” she says in the documentaries.