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Simon Monjack, Buckinghamshire husband of tragic Hollywood star Brittany Murphy found dead
THE MOTHER of a Bourne End man who died just five months after his Hollywood actress wife today flew to Los Angeles and told The Bucks Free Press: "I am going to bury my eldest son."
Screenwriter Simon Monjack - the widower of late Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy - was found dead last night.
Sergeant Louie Lozano, of the Los Angeles Police Department, is reported as saying he died of natural causes.
His mother, Linda Monjack, of Elm Lane in Bourne End, heard the news at 7am this morning and said the 40-year-old died of a heart attack.
The hypnotherapist was boarding a flight to LA this afternoon and told the Bucks Free Press she was "totally gutted and cried all the way here [to the airport]".
She added: "I've lost my son and my daughter in law in the space of five months...I am going to bury my eldest son."
Miss Murphy died on December 20 after collapsing at home.
A coroner found the Clueless and Sin City star died from pneumonia, but iron-deficiency anaemia and prescription drug intoxication were secondary factors.
She met Mr Monjack, who grew up in Bourne End, in 2006 when auditioning for a film he was producing. They married six months later.
Mr Monjack grew up in Bourne End and attended Juniper Hill School, Flackwell Heath and the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.
In February, his mother Linda told The Bucks Free Press how Mr Monjack was ‘devastated’ by her death.
The loss was a ‘double whammy’ as his father William died when he was 15, she said.
Mrs Monjack said at the time: “I'm just trying to be there for him. But his Jewish faith is very strong and it's helping him through.”
The actress starred with Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted and had lead roles in 8 Mile with rapper Eminem in 2002 and Ashton Kutcher in Just Married the following year.
Mr Monjack shot his first feature, Two Days, Nine Lives, in Marlow in 2000 and is credited as a writer and producer on Factory Girl, starring Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce.
He told reporters shortly after her death that his wife was a ‘wonderful, precious angel’ and a ‘beautiful woman taken way too young’.
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