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Anna Nicole Smith Loses Battle From Beyond the Grave

June 24, 2011

Staff -- HispanicBusiness

Anna Nicole Smith in 2003
Anna Nicole Smith in 2003

Anna Nicole Smith can't win -- even four years in the grave from a drug overdose. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against her estate Thursday, denying her heirs the right to squabble over $300 million that the former Playmate claimed her Texas oil tycoon husband left her.

J. Howard Marshall and Anna Nicole met in a Houston strip club and wed soon after. He was 89 and she was 26.

Marshall died after 14 months of marriage to the voluptuous starlet. He left his entire $1.6 billion estate to his son, according to The Associate Press, leaving Anna Nicole flat.

The family of E. Pierce Marshall, son of J. Howard Marshall, thought the decision was a good one.

"J. Howard's wishes were always perfectly clear," said the Marshall family's lawyer, Eric Brunstad. "He gave Anna Nicole Smith approximately $8 million in gifts during his lifetime, and those gifts were all that he intended to give her."

Marshall's son died in 2006 and Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007. Dannielynn Birkhead, Anna Nicole's daughter, was named Smith's heir in 2008, with Dannielynn's father, Larry Birkhead, and attorney Howard K. Stern in charge of the estate, according to AP.

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