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Who gets the Anna Nicole Smith money now?

February 9, 2007

I was taken aback by the sudden tragic death of actress/spokesmodel/stripper Anna Nicole Smith yesterday. At first, the radio DJs on the air announcing the news didn’t know if the story was a hoax or not. (at least it wasn’t a “hoax device“)

You don’t expect a 39-year-old actress in the public eye to snuff out like that, especially after such high-quality public appearances, such as this award show appearance in 2005:

But as much as I could go on about Anna Nicole’s mysterious death at the Seminole casino in Florida and the tragedy of it all, I want to know just one fact. Who is getting all the inheritance money that Smith fought so long for?

The New York Post today tries to spin this mystery into a possible murder case, because of this large pot of money on the table. Just from Smith’s chronicled history of illegal drug use and diet-drug use (as spokesperson for TrimSpa), I can see a toxicity problem develop there. Investigators reportedly found prescription drugs and illegal narcotics in her hotel room after her death, and reports surrounding her stay at the hotel said Smith appeared to be “high.”

My logic: Wouldn’t the money go to Smith’s next of kin? Which means her five-month-old daughter, currently being nursed in the Bahamas, would get the money when she turns 18. (Her 20-year-old son Daniel died in the Bahamas five months ago in strange circumstances as well…reportedly from drug use.)

So the question of parenthood is very important here, because that man would be the executor/guardian/pilferer of the estate until the child grows up.

The Post also mentions this:

Meanwhile, the paternity of Smith’s now 5-month-old daughter remained a matter of dispute between Stern and Smith’s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead.

The birth certificate lists Stern as Dannielynn’s father, but Birkhead insists he’s the dad.

An emergency hearing in the paternity case is set for today in L.A. – and whoever wins could be in for a windfall.

Baby Dannielynn’s father may one day control up to $474 million in an inheritance from the estate of Smith’s late husband, oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II.

Yesterday, G. Eric Brunstad, who represented Smith’s late stepson, E. Pierce Marshall, in a battle over the estate, expressed his grief.

[UPDATE: is reporting that the video of the final moments of Smith’s life, as medical workers tried to revive her at the casino, sold for $500,000.

Also, to rub it in, Rosie O’Donnell ripped Smith just hours before her death on The View TV show.  Yipes!  Was Donald Trump not available, Rosie?]

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