Rep: Brittany Murphy's Husband Did Not Die From Drug Overdose
Simon Monjack was in good spirits the night before he was found dead in the same Hollywood Hills home where wife Brittany Murphy collapsed and died in December.
"I was with Simon and Sharon until 8:30 Saturday night," Roger Neal, spokesperson for both Simon and Murphy's mother, Sharon, tells UsMagazine.com.
The three had been planning to relaunch their charity gala, the Brittany Legacy Awards, later that week, after temporarily shutting down in February once it was discovered the foundation did not have nonprofit status.
"He was fine. He was really excited," Neal says of the Monjack, 39, who police believe passed away from natural causes. "He had photos of Brittany that had never been seen, so he was going to do a photo exhibit and take a few of those prints and sell those to the fundraiser for the foundation...I think this whole process of the photo exhibit and the gala was going to be a big part of the healing process."
But charity wasn't the only thing the British screenwriter shared with Sharon and Neal that evening.
"He let me know that he had scheduled to do a heart surgery, but he elected to wait until he was 100 percent focused, he and Sharon on this gala," Neal says.
Neal doesn’t believe Monjack’s death was in any way attributed to drugs. (L.A. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told Us that prescription meds were found around his body. ) “There was no PMD [police medic] or somebody that tried to say that he overdosed or anything, which we definitely, absolutely do not believe in any way, shape or form. He was too full of life, had too much going on and was too busy. If you’re going to check out, you don’t do the things he was doing or be as busy as he was.”
With Monjack’s grief over Murphy’s death beginning to subside, the British screenwriter -- who admitted to Us he had difficulty sleeping and felt despondent after Murphy's death -- was looking forward to moving forward with his mother-in-law.
"Put it this way, if your spouse passes away and you weren’t a nice guy, there would be no reason for the mother-in-law to hang around or to be around you," Neal says. "The fact that the mother-in-law loves you like a son and calls you a genius in everything you do, obviously he was real. He was devoted to Brittany."