/Vale – Simon Monjack

Vale – Simon Monjack

Simon Monjack - 1970-2010 (Posing with his wife Brittany Murphy)

In a bizarre twist to the Christmas death of Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy, news coming out of LA tonight indicates that her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, has been found dead at his home. Initial police reports indicate Monjack died of natural causes, although no doubt an autopsy and coroner’s report is still to be done. Monjack was said to be heartbroken by the death of Murphy on December 20th last year. In an even more bizarre twist, it is understood that Murphy’s mother discovered the unconscious body of Monjack in his master bedroom. Paramedics were called to the scene, but could not revive him.

Monjack’s most prominent career highlights include a directorial role on Two Days, Nine Lives in 2000, and a story credit on Factory Girl. Monjack was 39.

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Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney's keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them. Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman. As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney's love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.