A former friend of has branded the death of the actress' widower Simon Monjack a "blessing", because he was "suffering" and "wanted to die". Monjack's mother-in-law, Sharon Murphy, found him unconscious at the Hollywood Hills home he once shared with his late wife on May 23. Paramedics determined he had suffered a cardiac arrest and pronounced him dead at the scene. The "Clueless" star died at the same property in December 2009.
Monjack's representative, Roger Neal, recently revealed the Brit had ignored medical advice urging him to undergo heart bypass surgery, and Murphy's one-time friend Eric Ziegenbein insists the screenwriter never recovered from his wife's sudden passing. According to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, Ziegenbein says, "People always say it's a tragedy when someone dies, but in this case it's more of a blessing. Simon wanted to die. He struggled with depression for much of his life, and he felt like Brittany was the only thing he had to live for... Sometimes death is a blessing for people who are suffering, and they were both suffering."