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Anna Nicole Smith Remembered 5 Years Later

Feb. 9, 2012

Staff -- HispanicBusiness Inc.

Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith would have been 44 yesterday. The Playboy model and tabloid staple died of a drug overdose in a Hollywood, Fla., hotel room on Feb. 8, 2007.

Smith achieved her initial notoriety when she married J. Howard Marshall, a Texas oil billionaire, when she was 26 and he was 89. He died soon after, setting off a legal battle that left Smith's estate with no claim to Marshall's billions. The case was decided by the Supreme Court in 2011, four years after Smith's death.

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Anna Nicole Smith was survived by a son, Daniel, who mysteriously died three days after Smith gave birth to a daughter, Danielynn in September 2006. Howard K. Stern -- her boyfriend and attorney, not the radio celebrity -- and photographer Larry Birkhead both claimed paternity.

Eventually it was decided that Birkhead was Danielynn's father. Stern's legal woes continued when he was charged with providing prescription drugs to Smith, according to MSNBC.

The Anna Nicole Smith case came to a dramatic conclusion when the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on her physician, Sandeep Kapoor, but convicted Stern and Anna Nicole Smith's psychiatrist, Kristine Eroshevich, of conspiracy to provide her with drugs even when it was clear she was in danger of dying.

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