Simon Monjack's Troubled Past (PHOTOS)

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As the investigation continues into Brittany Murphy's death, her husband, Simon Monjack, has come under scrutiny.

Although the LAPD's preliminary investigation concluded there is no evidence of foul play, there are questions about the 32-year-old actress's cause of death, and why her husband would not want an autopsy.

Murphy's mother found her daughter unconscious in the bathroom of the couple's Hollywood Hills home around 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Brittany had reportedly been experiencing flu-like symptoms for several days and was very ill in the hours preceding her death.

When authorities arrived at the home, Brittany was unconscious in the shower and there was a significant amount of vomit in the immediate area.

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Brittany was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m.

Authorities discovered large quantities of prescription drugs in the home, but have not released information on what type of drugs.  According to one source, there were "a lot of prescriptions in the house" written for Brittany, her husband Simon Monjack, and her mother.

Although an autopsy is underway, toxicology results could take up to six weeks.

Meanwhile, the public has begun to focus on Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, whom she quietly married in May 2007.  Monjack did not want an autopsy done on his wife, however, the decision was not his to make, and the procedure is already underway.

Monjack, 39, a British-born writer, director and producer, with just two film credits, Factory Girl and Two Days, Nine Lives, seemingly wanted to be known first and foremost as Brittany Murphy's husband.

Labeled a con-artist by the tabloids, Monjack was reportedly facing deportation for an expired work visa prior to the low-key wedding ceremony.  His checkered past includes two evictions for failing to pay thousands of dollars in back rent, a $470.132 court judgment against him by a British investment bank, and a $50,000 lawsuit filed by his ex-wife, whom he divorced in 2006.

Just last month, Monjack was rushed to the hospital after becoming incoherent during a flight from Puerto Rico to Los Angeles.  Brittany told responding emergency personnel that he was having an asthma attack and didn't need to go to the hospital.  EMTs disagreed and transported him to the hospital.

Murphy had been working on the film "The Caller" in Puerto Rico, and was let go two weeks ago for being "difficult on the set."

According to reports, Monjack came on the set inebriated, and when the producers tried to keep him away, Brittany defended him and was let go.

Some in Hollywood have even gone so far as to say Monjack is "a dangerous guy" and a "walking legal time bomb."

Regardless of the outcome of Murphy's autopsy and toxicology reports, one thing is for certain -- Simon Monjack's actions, past, present and future, will be under close scrutiny.

Brittany Murphy's last films were graphic depictions of death - see death photos that have been pulled from promotional ads.

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