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EXCLUSIVE: Simon Monjack Died From Accidental OD Or Heart Attack, Coroner's Office Believes

May 24 2010, Published 9:30 a.m. ET

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Brittany Murphy's late widower Simon Monjack "had a huge number of medicines by his bedside," Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told exclusively Monday, leading investigators to narrow his cause of death at 40 to one of two possibilities: a heart attack or an accidental overdose.

"We are now investigating two possibilities of what caused Monjack to die," Winter said. "First, a heart attack and second an accidental overdose. We just have to wait for the autopsy and toxicology reports, which will take four to six weeks to be completed."

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VIDEO: L.A. County Coroner's Office At Scene Of Monjack Home

Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Louie Lozano told exclusively early Monday that "the preliminary cause of death for Mr. Monjack seems to be natural causes."

Lozano confirmed that "no weapons were found at the scene," and that the LAPD will not be involved in the investigation, leaving it to the coroner "since there was no indication of foul play or criminal activity."

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Winter, who said he had met and spoken with Monjack following Murphy's December 20 death, characterized Monjack as "a despondent husband.”

Winter said Monjack was found dead in the master bedroom at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, and "there were no illicit drugs located -- just precipitation medications," though he wouldn’t reveal which specific ones were found.

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Monjack's last interview was given to on May 13, where the grief-stricken widower showed off the gravestone he picked out for Murphy while discussing the public's perception of his late wife.

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"I think it's time for everybody to realize," Monjack said, "that Brittany was just an incredibly happy, precious angel that lives on through her fans and in our hearts."

VIDEO INTERVIEW: L.A. County Ass't Coroner Ed Winter Talks About Monjack Death will have more on this story as it develops.



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