Her net worth was colossal compared to that of her husband
The stories of late actress Brittany Murphy and her late husband, Simon Monjack, remain a somewhat baffling pair of celebrity deaths. The fact that the couple died young within a few months of each other, with some of the same illnesses and in the same house, still leaves some observers wondering what caused their deaths.
Notably, Murphy died five months before Monjack and had amassed a considerable fortune. And his net worth when he died was only a fraction of his. How much were they both worth? And who did Murphy leave his fortune to in his will?
Simon Monjack’s net worth was $ 500,000
Monjack was a British screenwriter, director and producer. He was also a makeup artist and hairdresser. Notably, he took over these roles for Murphy and also acted as a director and agent. He had a net worth of $ 500,000 when he died on May 23, 2010 at the age of 40. Combined symptoms of severe anemia and acute pneumonia caused her death.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, he narrowly dodged credit card fraud charges in 2005. Shortly after, he was the victim of lawsuits totaling over $ 450,000 after being evicted from four homes.
In 2007, he spent nine days in prison after an arrest for an expired visa. That same year, his ex-wife sued him for money he owed from their divorce settlement. Monjack also married Murphy that year, apparently thanks in part to making him feel like he was far more successful financially than he actually was.
Brittany Murphy’s net worth was $ 10 million
After scoring classic roles in films like Distraught and Girl interrupted, Murphy’s acting career took an unfortunate blow before her death. But many of those close to him felt it had a lot to do with Monjack. In November 2009, she was released from her last scheduled film on the first day of filming, and some reports suggest this was due to her husband’s behavior on set.
But they stayed on vacation in Puerto Rico where the film was being shot despite what was ultimately seen as a “mutual separation” from the film. There, Monjack and Murphy’s mother, Sharon Murphy, caught colds that appeared to lead to Murphy’s pneumonia and death.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Murphy was worth $ 10 million when she died on December 20, 2009. Her causes of death were anemia, untreated pneumonia, and poisoning from a cocktail of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Brittany Murphy did not leave her estate to Simon Monjack
Murphy and Monjack lived with his mother in a 9,400 square foot house in Hollywood Hills that was owned by Britney Spears before them. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Murphy bought the house for $ 3.85 million in 2003 and Sharon sold the house for $ 2.7 million in 2011.
According to People, Sharon Murphy “needed advice” after inheriting her entire daughter’s estate, which included her house. Before his own death, Monjack “emptied [Murphyâs] 80% cash reserves âand left Elder Murphy facingâ financial insecurity â.
Former Murphy’s Commercial Director Jeffrey Morgenroth said: âThere was huge sums of money in [Murphyâs] pension plan and bank account, and it’s all gone.
He added: âI would see it on the statements. There was money withdrawn by [Monjack], hundreds of thousands.”
There was even a dispute between Monjack’s mother, Linda, and Sharon Murphy, in which her mother claimed that she owned Murphy’s house. For the record, Linda Monjack denied this allegation.
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