Access Exclusive: Simon Monjack Delayed Having Heart Bypass Surgery

By AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 7:30 PM CDT
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Simon Monjack Delayed Having Heart Bypass Surgery

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March 19, 2008: Simon Monjack and Brittany Murphy attend the Prada Los Angeles screening of "Trembled Blossoms" at Prada Beverly Hills Epicenter.

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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.

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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 Brittany'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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