By Wyatt Earp | March 20, 2010
Wow, I just realized that headline was in very bad taste. It is appropriate, though, since a federal appeals court just determined that the late Anna Nicole Smith – and her daughter – deserved none of the money from her 89-year old “husband’s” estate.
While I am giggling on the outside, I can assure my heart is breaking. Or not:
Anna Nicole Smith’s estate is not entitled to $300 million the deceased actress had claimed was intended as a gift from her oil tycoon husband, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Smith, a former Playboy pinup and stripper, fought for more than a decade with a son of J. Howard Marshall over a fortune estimated as much as $1.6 billion.
It was a court battle that outlived the chief combatants. Marshall’s son, E. Pierce Marshall, died in 2006, and Smith died in 2007 from what a Florida medical examiner ruled was “acute combined drug intoxication.” Her 3-year-old daughter is her sole heir.
Wow. What else is there to say? Except maybe this . . .