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Brittany Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, reportedly delayed having a heart procedure done.
Access Hollywood
updated 5/24/2010 11:01:24 PM ET 2010-05-25T03:01:24

Following the shocking news that Brittany Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills late Sunday night from what police think was an apparent heart attack, Monjack’s publicist, Roger Neal, told Access that the 39-year-old had a heart condition.

According to Neal, Monjack — a professional photographer by trade — said he was delaying having heart bypass surgery until after a gala benefit he was planning for the Brittany Murphy Foundation that would help inner city kids learn about the arts.

Neal told Access that he last saw his client on Saturday.

Monjack’s death is currently under investigation, and the official cause of death is pending autopsy results.

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Access spoke to Monjack — in his last taped interview — just three months after Murphy’s sudden death.

“I’m still grieving pretty heavily and pretty badly,” he told Access in March. “I have a tough exterior but inside it’s tough, you know.”

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  1. A life cut short

    Brittany Murphy posing for photographers in Sydney, Australia in 2006. The actress died Dec. 20, 2009, at age 32. (Tracey Nearmy / EPA file) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Breakout role

    Murphy, center, began to make a name for herself in acting when she starred with Alicia Silverstone, left, and Stacey Dash, right, in 1995's "Clueless." (Corbis Sygma) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Hard-knock life

    Murphy played rapper Eminem's girlfriend in the autobiographical "8 Mile," which came out in 2002. (Eli Reed / Universal Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Hollywood couple

    Murphy dated actor Ashton Kutcher for a time. The two co-starred in 2003's "Just Married." The actor posted on Twitter that with Murphy's death, "the world lost a little piece of sunshine." (Frank Trapper / Corbis Sygma) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Booking it

    Murphy and Josie Maran co-starred in 2004's "Little Black Book," about a woman who snoops into her boyfriend's past. (Zade Rothental / Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Supporting the troops

    In 2003, Murphy performed for crewmembers aboard the USS Nimitz for a USO show. (Phan Shannon Renfroe / Department of Defense / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Speaking for Tinkerbell

    In 2006, a news conference announced that Murphy would voice the animated character TInkerbell in an upcoming movie, but she was later replaced by Mae Whitman. (Keith Bedford / Reuters / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. French adventure

    Jessica Alba and Murphy starred in 2005's "Sin City," based on the graphic novels by Frank Miller. The two promoted the film at the Cannes Film Festival that spring. (Stephane Cardinale / People Aven) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Happy penguins

    Murphy often did voice work, and was perhaps best known as the voice of Luanne Platter in "King of the Hill." She also gave voice to Gloria in the animated penguin flick "Happy Feet." (Peter Andrews / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Newlyweds

    Murphy married British screenwriter Simon Monjack in 2007. He was one of the writers for 2006's "Factory Girl," which told the story of Edie Sedgwick and her relationship with painter Andy Warhol. (Dan Steinberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Smiling for the cameras

    In 2005, Murphy helped launch the summer sale at Harrods department store in central London. (Matt Dunham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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