Anna Nicole Smith's estranged mother on Wednesday lost a court appeal to prevent her daughter's burial in the Bahamas, and the funeral is now set for Friday.
Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, had appealed to Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal against a lower-court ruling that gave custody of Smith's remains to the court-appointed guardian for her daughter, Dannielynn, for burial next to Smith's son, Daniel, in the Bahamas. Daniel died in September, three days after Dannielynn's birth.
The ruling came as the National Enquirer, a salacious tabloid weekly that has recorded numerous legitimate scoops in celebrity journalism, reported that Smith had died of severe pneumonia and not, as many had speculated, from a drug overdose. Smith, 39, died on February 8 after collapsing in a hotel room in Hollywood, Florida.
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