Court backs Smith burial in Bahamas

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Smith’s body has been stored at a medical examiner’s office since shortly after she died Feb. 8 at age 39. A cause of death has not been determined. Lawyer Richard Milstein, the baby’s advocate, said in a statement Wednesday after the ruling that the funeral was set for Friday. He declined to comment further, saying he wanted to “uphold the decorum and dignity that should be maintained throughout this process, for the sake of Dannielynn and the memories she will have of her mother’s funeral.” WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Florida appeals court helped clear the way Wednesday for Anna Nicole Smith to be buried in the Bahamas, saying evidence supports that it’s what the former Playboy Playmate wanted. Her estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, challenged last week’s ruling by Judge Larry Seidlin, who gave control of the body to an advocate for Smith’s 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn. Arthur wanted to bury Smith in her native Texas. But Smith’s boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, had argued that she had wanted to be buried in the Bahamas next to her 20-year-old son, who died last year of apparent drug-related causes. The 4th District Court of Appeal agreed. The trial court concluded that Smith’s “last ascertainable wish” was to be buried alongside her son. “This finding is not essentially disputed,” the appellate judges said in their ruling. Arthur’s attorney, Roberta Mandel, said Wednesday morning that if the appeals court did not find in her client’s favor, she was prepared to appeal to the state Supreme Court, though an appeal was not immediately filed. Mandel did not immediately return telephone messages left with her office after the appeals court ruling. last_img

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