August 04, 2010 at 08:13 PM EDT

The AP reports that the L.A. coroner’s office has determined that 40-year-old British-born screenwriter Simon Monjack’s death on May 23 was caused by pneumonia, the same illness that killed his wife, actress Brittany Murphy, five months earlier. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told AP that both deaths were likely preventable. “In simple English,” he said, “they didn’t take care of themselves.”

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