Monjack’s rep Roger Neal said today, "Simon needed a [heart] bypass. I was told he needed a bypass, and I said to him, 'Simon, you have so much going on, let's keep you healthy.' I said, 'You want to be healthy. Don't you?' He said yes, but he said, 'The bypass can wait.' "
It’s unknown at this point just how serious and necessary the surgery was. "I don't know how much of an emergency it was. The doctors would have made him get it immediately if he needed it, but Sharon confirmed with me he did need a bypass. They didn’t make it public because he had so much going on,” Neal said.
As you may recall, Monjack suffered a heart attack one week prior to Brittany’s death in December. Simon’s own mother commented saying her son was “unwell.”
L.A. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter reported that Simon’s cause of death may have been a heart attack. "We're not sure if it is natural causes or a possible accident," said Winter, "maybe because of the prescription medication found there."
In addition to the heart problems, Monjack also had a bout with oral cancer, something he spoke about back in February. Neal does not believe Monjack died of an overdose. He added, "If he had prescription medication, I believe that's all it was. I don't believe he had an overdose ... As far as empty bottles, I don't know anything about that. If you have a heart condition you're going to have prescription medication for yourself. You're going to be on some kind of medicine."
Prescription drug use has proven to be just as lethal as recreational drugs these days. It’s claimed the lives of too many young celebrities lately, and something needs to be done to stop how easy it is to attain them.