Actresses from all over the world, including some from San Diego like Denise Richards, have had good days and bad days in Hollywood. According to the widower of Brittany Murphy, one legendary Hollywood company played a role in his wife’s death.
Movie executives at Warner Brothers are firing back at “false, reprehensible, and defamatory” accusations leveled at them by Simon Monjack, Murphy’s widower.
Monjack has indicated he’s planning to file a wrongful-death suit against the movie studio execs for allegedly firing the actress from “Happy Feet 2” two weeks prior to her Dec. 20, 2009 death.
According to Monjack, his late wife suffered a heart attack as a result of stress related to being let go from the project.
Monjack recently commented to TheDailyBeast.com, “They killed her… She was devastated. All she wanted to do was to make movies. She was waiting for the role that would revive her career, waiting for the call from Penny Marshall or Gary Fleder, people she had worked with before, that they might remember how talented an actress she was and call with a new magical role.”
A Warner Brothers representative informs news show Access Hollywood that studio bosses aren’t taking Monjack’s accusations lightly: “Any claim that Warner Bros. Pictures was somehow responsible for Brittany Murphy’s tragic death is demonstrably false, reprehensible, and defamatory. Despite press reports to the contrary, Warner Bros. Pictures and Ms. Murphy never entered into any deal for Happy Feet 2.”
Meantime, in what some might say was a bizarre appearance, Murphy’s husband and mother made an emotional appearance on Larry King Live Friday night, one of their few public appearances since Murphy’s death when she collapsed in her Hollywood Hills home she shared with the two.
In comments made to King, “Mom, I’m dying,” Monjack recalled Brittany saying on the morning of her death. “Her eyes were not right,” Monjack added. “They were darting off left and right and center.”
The Los Angeles County coroner’s report cited the “Clueless” star’s death as an accident, mostly due to pneumonia. The report also stated that prescription drugs and anemia may have played a role. It was reported by at least one media outlet that a large number of prescription pills were found on Murphy’s night stand at the time of her death.
Monjack, 39, rejected the suggestion that drugs were involved, telling King his young wife showed signs of laryngitis, and suffered from a heart murmur.
“My wife had not taken any drugs that could harm her that morning,” he informed King.
The interview with Monjack and Sharon Murphy Feb. 5 was unusual to say the least.
Several comments made by both Monjack and Sharon Murphy left my eyes wandering and my jaw dropping at times.
While I have no doubt they loved Murphy, I think that there is more to the story of her death than the pair are letting on.