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    Is Brittany Murphy's Widower Hard Up for Cash?

    Brittany Murphy, Simon Monjack AP PHoto/Dan Steinberg

    Poor Brittany Murphy just can't be laid to rest.

    The cause of death has yet to be released pending toxicology results, and Brittany's oddball husband, Simon Monjack, continues to raise eyebrows...

    Close pals to the late star say her widowed hubby has been blatantly reaching out to them, trying to "cozy up" to Murphy's friends, in addition to showing bizarre-like allegiance on Brittany's behalf. Just yesterday Simon threatened to file a wrongful-death suit against Warner Bros., claiming Murphy's supposed firing from the Happy Feet sequel played a big part in her early passing (uh, we're Team WB here, FYI).

    Friends of Brittany's, and therefore obligatory acquaintances of Simon's, tell us Monjack's weird behavior doesn't exactly come as a surprise right now.

    Sources inside Camp Britt (the one that doesn't involve the suspect Simon) tell us they're über-suspicious of Simon's intentions.

    "He's trying to get in good with anyone who was close to Brittany," a rather annoyed friend tells us. "It's just so obvious why he's making all this effort. Let's just say he wasn't left with much."

    If you remember after Murphy's too early departure, buds close to the Clueless actress knew her mother would be inheriting most of Brittany's assets. As for Simon? Nada (by Hollywood standards, that is).

    Insiders insist Simon is making much more effort than ever before to reach out to his late wife's inner circle. We're told that while Britt was still alive, Simon had no interest in her old life and old friends.

    That's why buds were not shocked to hear about Simon's fantasy lawsuit.

    "He's trying to get his hands on what he can," sasses one of our fed-up sources.

    As for Britt's mother, Sharon? Murphy loyals think all she wants is revenge for her baby. Revenge on whoever she can blame for why her daughter died all too soon. If the Business is to blame, then count Mommy Murphy on board for whatever lawsuit's necessary.

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    Remembering Brittany: Brittany Murphy: A Life in Pictures.

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