Call this one of those things that I feel compelled to stop and pay attention to when I see it. After the sudden death of actress Brittany Murphy last year from complications of pneumonia made worse by her regular use of prescription and behind-the-counter cold medicines, it was sad to know that her beloved mother found her dying in the shower. The actress had built her life around making sure that her mama was secure in a home, helping her to recover from multiple bouts with breast cancer.
The weirder part was the circumstances surrounding Murphy and her husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack, who created a foundation around Brittany's name and then withdrew the plans to host a fund-raising event for the charity amid rumours that he was planning on profiting on his dead wife's name. Monjack was found dead in the family home this past Sunday, discovered by Murphy's mother. Because of all the drama surrounding his sister's death, Brittany's brother is saying that he's not surprised or unhappy about the bizarre chain of events that lead to Monjack's death as well.
Preliminary results are saying that Monjack died of "natural causes" but a full coroner's report won't be available for months. I was a huge fan of Brittany's, watching and preferring some of her lower budget films that she'd done later in her career and not really caring about the tabloid crap around her life. Even in death, it appears that the poor thing won't be able to rest well. What a pity.