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Since the sudden death of Brittany Murphy in 2009, many questions have been raised around her.

According to the medical examiner’s report at the time, Murphy, who was 32 at the time of her death, died of pneumonia, anemia, and multiple drug intoxication from prescription and over-the-counter drugs. His death was ruled accidental.


Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, died four months after Murphy died of similar causes.

HBO Max’s “What Happened, Brittany Murphy?” Explores the relationship between Murphy and Monjack, the conspiracy theories behind his death and his deteriorating health.

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Murphy’s downward spiral began when she met Monjack. The Hollywood star, who appeared in films like “Clueless,” “8 Mile” and “Uptown Girls,” was on her way to becoming something big.

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Murphy’s Allegedly ‘Restrictive’ Relationship With Simon Monjack

Murphy and Monjack began dating in 2006. The two had a quick courtship before tying the knot during a secret ceremony in 2007.

Close friends of Murphy were concerned about how fast the relationship progressed, and some even described it as “restrictive”.

“One day his numbers were changed, no one knew where to find him,” Murphy’s longtime friend Lisa Riffel said during the documentary. “Vanished. Simon took him. That’s all. He made sure no one could get him.”

“Simon and Brittany were basically locked in that house,” journalist Sarah Hamel claimed during the documentary.

“He did these really weird photo shoots in the middle of the night where he would dress her up like a doll,” Hammel alleged. “She became more and more insecure about her appearance, becoming increasingly paranoid about people being out to get her. Simon had cut off the landline, so the only way to reach you was [Brittany’s mother] Sharon or Brittany was through Simon. Simon and Brittany would stay up late at night and get downstairs and then have coffee and take it upstairs to come back upstairs. He rarely left the house.”

Monjack not only cut Murphy off close friends, but she also controlled every aspect of his career as he became her agent, manager, lawyer, and eventually makeup artist.

“He was taking her to work, but waiting,” revealed former co-star Kathy Najimi during the documentary. “And every time there was a brake, she would walk away and get in the car with her. It became more and more restrictive.”

Simon Monjack and Brittany Murphy posing together.  The two met in 2006 before tying the knot in 2007.  Murphy died in 2009, and Monjack died four months later of similar causes.

Monjack’s Dynamic With The Actress’s Mother

Monjack and Murphy’s mother Sharon had an awkward relationship in the months following the actress’ sudden death. Throughout Murphy and Monjack’s relationship, Sharon lived with the couple and continued to live in the home following the death of the “Clueless” actress.

The doctor also said that, according to a Radar Online reporter at the time, both allegedly shared a bed After Murphy’s death. Monjack and Sharon reportedly even posed for a photo shoot, during which they held hands. An insider said during the documentary that the end result looked like “grief parents opposed to husband and his mother-in-law”.

Monjack denied anything happened between the two.

“We are close friends, and we are family,” he told People magazine in 2010. “That’s a terrible and ridiculous thing to say.”

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Brittany Murphy and mother Sharon Murphy.

Murphy was reportedly worried she was ‘dying’

During a joint interview with Larry King featuring Murphy’s mother, Monjack admitted that Murphy was aware of the health condition and believed she was dying that morning when she passed away. .

“She woke up that morning. She couldn’t breathe,” Monjack told King in a clip from the interview, which is featured in the documentary. “She went outside to get some air. Sharon followed her. I’ll say this because I know you can’t. She said, ‘Mom, I’m dying. I love you.’ “

“She knew she was dying?” The king replied.

Monjack’s mother, Linda Monjack, also recalled the time Murphy told her that she had trouble breathing while climbing the stairs.

“‘I’m having trouble breathing… (when) I get to the top of the stairs. I can’t breathe,'” Linda recalled to Murphy as she told the actress just before she died. Was telling “She said, ‘Do you think I’m dying?’ I said, ‘No, of course you’re not dying. You’re fine, but you need to go to the doctor.'”

Addressing death conspiracy theories

Murphy’s autopsy report listed the cause of her death as pneumonia, anemia, and multiple drug intoxication from prescription and over-the-counter drugs. However, the actual cause of her death has been debated by the public, friends and her father since her death.

Drug overdose: Several rumors surfaced that the actress died of a drug overdose because she was too young and because the Toxicology Report listed “multiple drug intoxication”. However, Dr. Lisa Skeenin, who performed Murphy’s autopsy, never found any illegal drugs in Murphy’s system. She also ruled that the prescribed drugs found in Murphy’s system were not the main cause of death.

Poisoning: Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, believed that Murphy had been poisoned. They hired a private laboratory to run tests on Murphy’s body. The lab found 10 metals in high concentrations in Murphy’s system. However, a forensic pathologist explained that metals were not found in Murphy’s bloodstream and concluded that he had not been poisoned.

Black mold: Reports of exposure to black mold in Murphy’s death surfaced in the media, but the coroner confirmed that no black mold was present in the home.

Coroner’s findings

The Los Angeles County coroner claimed that on the night Murphy died, he found 90 prescription drug bottles on Monjack’s bedside table.

The coroner said the drug was prescribed under various names, including “Lola Manilow,” a possible nickname for Murphy. The coroner also issued a search warrant from which he came to know that several doctors’ prescriptions had come.

loved ones were worried

In Doctor Who, Najimi said that at one point he expressed concern over Murphy’s “declining” appearance. “She said, ‘That’s what I’ve been told, if I’m to be considered a leading lady, I need to lose a lot of weight,'” Najimi recalls telling Murphy to her.

Makeup artist Trista Jordan, who worked with Murphy in his last film — 2009’s “Something Wicked” — also came forward for the special. She claimed that Murphy’s appearance in her final months was shocking.

“Her eyes were so sunken, and she just looked so sad,” Jordan told the outlet.

The last time Najimi saw Murphy, she particularly remembered that Murphy was late to an event with Monjack, where she had “smoky eyes”. “I don’t recognize him anymore,” she said during the documentary.