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Given his semi-shady reputation and that relatively little is known about him in general, Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack has come under scrutiny.

Such is the nature of celebrity deaths in general, too, especially when someone as young as Murphy (32) dies of cardiac arrest. Fans want answers.

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Monjack is hitting back at rumors regarding his wife's passing, however, insisting she did not overdose on drugs and did not have an eating disorder.

"These rumors that she was anorexic? It's crazy. She was slim, but that was her natural physique," Monjack says, adding that he wants answers too.

"This is what's killing all of us. How did it happen? Why did it happen? Her mum, myself and her family – we want to know why we lost our baby."

In his tear-filled interview, an exhausted Simon Monjack said all he knows is what doctors told him Sunday: Brittany Murphy died of cardiac arrest.

They won't know the full details until after an autopsy, the results of which have been deferred pending most tests which could take six weeks.

Simon Monjack says he, too, is shocked at how his "baby" died.

Monjack raised eyebrows when he objected to having an autopsy done on Murphy (the Coroner's office overruled him). He explained that to People:

"My initial reaction to the autopsy was ... they're going to cut her open – I couldn't bear it ... That would break her mother," the 39-year-old said.

"But we realize we need to know. I look forward to getting the results."

He added that Murphy did suffer from a heart murmur (a mitral valve prolapse), which can cause fatigue, dizziness and irregular heartbeats.

Murphy didn't require medication to treat it, says Monjack, but she was quite ill before she passed away, and had a lot of medication at home.

"She was on herbal remedies that wouldn't speed up her heart," Monjack says. "But there was nothing here that could endanger her; there was prescription medication in the house for her female time and some cough syrup. That's it."

Asked point-blank if a drug overdose was a possible cause of death, the dejected Simon replied, "I can get rid of that one right now," he says.

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Less than two days after Brittany Murphy died cardiac arrest at the age of 32, her husband Simon Monjack made his first comments about her tragic death.

"My world was destroyed yesterday," an emotional Simon told Access Hollywood. "I loved what Ashton [Kutcher] wrote on Twitter. It was comforting to me."

The message posted by Kutcher, Murphy's ex-boyfriend read, "2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine ... My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon. see you on the other side kid."

Simon Monjack said that he did not know his wife's former Just Married co-star personally, but thanked Ashton, saying "I couldn't have said it better."

As far as what happened inside the actress' home Sunday, when Murphy was found unresponsive in the shower, Monjack it started as "a regular day."

"[Her mother] Sharon went in the bathroom because she had been in there a long time. Her mom screamed for me. I ran, then called 911," he said.

His world shattered after his young wife tragically passed away, a dejected Simon Monjack found comfort in the words of Brittany Murphy's ex Ashton Kutcher.

The L.A. Fire Department responded to a 911 call from the home and transported Murphy to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said the actress' death "appears to be natural at this time." Murphy's autopsy results have been deferred.

With regards to reports that she was battling flu-like symptoms in recent days, Monjack said Murphy was sick, but it did not seem like anything serious.

"She had laryngitis," he said, noting that the 32-year-old had seen a doctor. "She had been tired at the end of the year. She had made a couple movies."

Monjack - who married Murphy in 2007, took exception to the idea that his wife was surrounded people (including himself) who were bad influences.

"I don't know why anyone would think that," he said.

"She found love. We found love. Brittany didn't get to where Brittany was with anyone controlling her or influencing her ... Brittany was Brittany."

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When Brittany Murphy married Simon Monjack in May 2007, few had heard of the guy, and those who had generally didn't have very positive things to say.

They seemed happy throughout their low-profile marriage. But in the aftermath of Murphy's shocking death Sunday, Simon Monjack is back in the spotlight.

Who is this guy? He's often referred to as a screenwriter, but his IMDB page lists just two films: Factory Girl and the U.K. indie drama Two Days, Nine Lives.

Part of the reason Brittany's fans were suspicious of her out-of-nowhere marriage to the Brit was his shady background of financial issues and evictions.

Simon Monjack was booted from four separate apartments from 1996-2007.

In 2006, he was sued by mortgage and banking company Coutts and Co. for $470,132, which he finished paying off in 2008 ... after marrying Murphy. 

His checkered past shows warrants for his arrest in Virginia for credit card theft and fraud, an unpaid $6,087 legal bill, and a $502,910 judgment against him by a British investment firm. He also allegedly faced deportation ... in early 2007.

Brittany Murphy with mysterious husband Simon Monjack.

We'll be honest, we had never heard of Simon Monjack until he married Murphy. But as soon as he did, THG's articles were flooded with comments decrying him as a thief, a con-man (nicknamed Con-Jack) and a pathological liar.

Our reader comments can't be corroborated, of course, but let's just say that few random guys trigger such wrath, especially with this breadth of detail.

It definitely makes you think.

Monjack and Murphy were engaged in late 2006, just months after she ended her engagement to Little Black Book production assistant Joe Macaluso.

Despite the uproar over their marriage, things were pretty quiet until late last month, when Murphy was fired from upcoming thriller flick The Caller.

While her rep deniedit, there was speculation the actress was fired for being difficult - and that Monjack was stirring up trouble behind the scenes.

Whatever the reason, Monjack and Murphy boarded a plane from Puerto Rico to L.A., where upon landing, Monjack was "incoherent" and hospitalized.

All of this may be totally unrelated to Murphy's death from cardiac arrest early yesterday, but the couple's history of strange behavior is noteworthy.

No foul play is suspected, at least not yet. We'll have more on Brittany's death - and Simon Monjack - when more information is available.

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Actress Brittany Murphy is dead after tragically falling into full cardiac arrest this morning and could not be revived by medical personnel, according to reports.

The New Jersey native was only 32 years old.

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A 911 call was made at 8:00 a.m. from a home in Los Angeles that is believed to be owned by her husband, Simon Monjack, the L.A. Fire Department said.

Murphy, whose film credits include Clueless, 8 Mile and Don't Say a Word, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was pronounced dead on arrival.

R.I.P. Brittany Murphy (1977-2009) passed away this morning.

While the circumstances resulting in Murphy's cardiac arrest are not known at this time, the actress' young age is bound to raise plenty of suspicions and questions.

Brittany wed Simon Monjack in May 2007, after which she has largely been absent from the spotlight. Her last big films were Sin City (2005) and Happy Feet (2006).

It's far too early to speculate about any drug use being involved, but Monjack himself was just hospitalized after a bizarre incident at LAX airport November 30.

We'll keep you posted as more details become available ...

UPDATE, 5:00 p.m. EST: According to TMZ, Brittany's mom discovered her unconscious in the shower. When paramedics arrived, they quickly determined Murphy was in full cardiac arrest and immediately administered CPR.

The paramedics continued CPR en route to the hospital, but Murphy was unresponsive and pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The LAPD has launched an investigation.

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m. EST: Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, told hospital staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center he did not want an autopsy performed on her.

His reasoning for that request is not known. However, despite Monjack's wishes, the L.A. County Coroner's office will in fact perform an autopsy on Murphy.

Murphy's mom apparently told paramedics that Brittany had a history of diabetes. It is unclear if that's true, or if it contributed to her death in some way.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m. EST: According to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, foul play is not suspected at this time. Some prescriptions were found in the house (what kinds, we don't know), and they will be examined in addition to the autopsy.

The toxicology tests will likely take several weeks.

Story developing ...

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According to reports, Brittany Murphy was fired from an upcoming film that was shooting in Puerto Rico for being difficult on set and a detriment to production.

We're not sure which film, but Murphy's IMDB profile indicates that this film may have been The Caller, which also stars True Blood cast member Stephen Moyer.

It took about 15 seconds for Brittany to be replaced, too. Twilight and New Moon star Rachelle Lefevre reportedly hopped on a plane as soon as Murphy was out.

A source also says that Brittany was so pissed about getting booted from the film that she didn't want to leave Puerto Rico and had "plans to sabotage the film."

That would qualify her as a Grade A nut job.

Not a good weekend for Brittany Murphy. Or Simon Monjack.

The really interesting part of Brittany's movie set ouster was that the weird British con-artist she married in 2007, Simon Monjack, got into a fight with some locals.

Could there be a connection between the whole Puerto Rico incident and Monjack arriving at LAX airport "incoherent" and having to be hospitalized Saturday?

Murphy thought that Simon Monjack was having an asthma attack, but medical personnel boarding the plane evidently felt it might be even more serious.

Con-jack was released from the hospital last night and even picked up some burgers before heading home, but it makes you wonder ... burgers? Really Simon?!

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Brittany Murphy, who was once a semi-popular actress and a really cute girl before she got those god-awful lip injections, is starring in a brand new Lifetime movie, Tribute, premiering on April 11, and can also be seen in Sin City 2.

She's also still happily married to the man she has drawn a lot of criticism for being with. The 31-year-old, who tied the knot with shady screenwriter Simon Monjack in a secret wedding in May 2007, spoke to OK! about her life.

Some excerpts ...

On what she enjoys most about being married to Simon Monjack: "Getting up every morning and going to sleep every night next to my soul mate."

On when and how she met Con-Jack: "We first met when I was 17 years old. We checked in with each other throughout the years and remained friends. The easiest decision I ever had in my life was getting married."

On the the most romantic thing Simon has done for her: "He’s flown around the world to make sure we spend every single night together."

On whether she wants kids: "I hope to have a few. I’ve always loved kids and babies and always wanted to be a mom. Hopefully soon."

Click to enlarge more Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack below ...

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Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack, her alleged screenwriter husband, are weeks away from celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

Now Simon has set his sights on another milestone: Cleaning out Brittany's accounts and fleeing to South America Starting a family!

Mr. & Mrs. Monjack

At a W Magazine-Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art gala, Monjack, 38, told People: "Please God, next year [we're] having a family!"

"Yes! Yes!" chimed in Brittany Murphy, 30.

"In about a year" they plan to have children. But, joked Simon Monjack (a.k.a. Con-jack) "apparently, according to the Internet, I already have several!"

Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack already have endured plenty of scrutiny - via, as they put it, "the blogs" - over their seedy relationship.

"All these ridiculous people have come out and said all this nonsense when we got married, [but] thank god we had the substance and the history within that to [say], 'Yeah, whatever!'" says Monjack, renouncing celebrity gossip and noting that he's been friends with Brittany Murphy, he claims, since she was 17.

WTF?

"We still don't understand what happened. It's made us laugh, it's made us cry, but it's made us stronger," he added.

Kanye West would be proud.

Brittany Murphy's #1 solution for dealing with all the negativity: getting bad plastic surgery on her lips. Just kidding. Her strategy is no celebrity gossip!

"We did stop using the Internet lately. No blogs. We're a blog-free couple!"

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Brittany Murphy loves being married to Simon Monjack.

Really. She's been making this point a lot. In public no less!

Seemingly trying to convince everyone in sight that she's not brainwashed by good ol' Con-jack, the lesser-known Brittany of the celebrity gossip world is happy with Simon Monjack, whose shady past we've documented at length.

At the Sundance Film Festival, Murphy gushed about just celebrating her 10-month wedding anniversary to her British "screenwriter" husband.

Wow, 10 whole months. How did you do it, Brittany Murphy?

Then again, this is Hollywood we are talking about. In this alternate universe, 10 months may actually qualify as an enduring marriage.

Right, Pamela Anderson? Britney Spears? Tracey Edmonds?

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It's been a long time since we came across a Simon Monjack picture, and the staff here at The Hollywood Gossip can't help but be surprised at this photo.

Why? Because apparently, his wife, Brittany Murphy, still has her money! Who would have expected our man Con-jack to stick with her a whole six months!

Mr. & Mrs. Monjack

Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack: A relationship built to last.

Who knows. Maybe our staff members - and dozens of former acquaintances who have written us - completely misjudged the character of Simon Monjack.

Or he's just waiting for the right moment to drug Brittany Murphy, purge all of her investments, undergo appearance-altering plastic surgery, change his name and vanish to Zambia. One can never be sure with this man.

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Thanks to People for these notes from the world of celebrity romance ...

  • Sacha Baron Cohen and his pregnant, longtime girlfriend Isla Fisher were spotted eating dinner with two male companions at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. The couple talked and laughed for hours with their meal. At one point, Fisher got up and sat on Sacha Baron Cohen's lap.
  • The sexy The Girl Next Door, 24 and Captivity actress Elisha Cuthbert and her hockey player boyfriend, Sean Avery, partied it up at Hyde and looked "really sweet together," holding hands, according to an observer. The pair shared a drink as they chatted up friends and each other.

  • On hand to help friend Justin Timberlake, who was hosting the opening of his N.Y. City restaurant Southern Hospitality, Lance Bass made time for another important guy in his life... new boyfriend Pedro Andrade. Once inside the eatery, Lance Bass and his new beau took a seat near Timberlake, chowing down on biscuits and fried onion rings while chatting up one another.
  • Actress Brittany Murphy and her new husband, thief / con-artist screenwriter Simon Monjack, kept close company during a screening of the film Love and Other Disasters - which stars Brittany Murphy - as part of Los Angeles' Outfest.
  • The Hills stars, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, enjoyed a sunny lunch at Mogan's Café in the Pacific Palisades after returning from Miami Fashion Week. "They were relaxing, enjoying some time together," a source said, adding, "Heidi has been busy recording some songs with David Foster."

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