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Report: Howard K. Stern Executor of Anna's Will

2/9/2007 9:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

ET is reporting that Anna Nicole Smith did, in fact, have a will. According to the show, it was written before the death of her son Daniel and the birth of daughter Dannielynn -- and names Howard K. Stern as the executor.

The document reportedly named Daniel as her sole heir, but now that she had a daughter, Dannielynn is, as of now, Anna's closest next of kin.

A family law expert tells TMZ that disposition will get sticky depending on what happens with the paternity suit and whether or not Anna and Howard's Bahamian commitment ceremony is deemed legally binding by a probate court. One complex issue is that Howard cannot legally be the executor and a beneficiary of the will.

Anna's complicated legal woes have followed her to the morgue.

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6th grader    

I was just wondering, when the tests come out and show BIRKHEAD to be the father, who is incharge of the money then ? HK$ ??? - that will make it hard for birkhead to raise his little girl with HK$ always around....IMO only........also one more crazy question..I heard on one of the MANY news stories about ANS that Daniel was "getting over a girl" while he was visiting the bahamas and when she had the baby,......what if THAT "GIRL" showed her face now with her own baby bump.......therefore showing another heir.....anyway again IMO

2803 days ago
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Cleo    

If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, smells like a duck, guess what folks, it is a duck. Get the DNA tests over with and stop the nonsense and media hype. Get to the point and let that poor baby know her real father and begin a stable life.

2803 days ago
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RAMONA    

LEAVE HOWARD ALONE. HER MOTHER IS THE WHITE TRASH WHO DIDNT LOVE HER DAUGHTER. SHE LIED ON THE WITNESS STAND

2799 days ago
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Comment    

In my opinion and expressing my 1st Amendment RIght, it is so obvious to me at least that HKS murdered both Daniel Smith and Anna Nicole Smith TO GET TO THE MONEY. He orchestrated this whole Bahama residence thing because he went to the exact place that the biological father, most likely Larry Birkhead , has no legal rights -- the Bahamas. HKS got his name put on the birth certificate as the father, which I don't believe for a nanosecond that he is, all to get Dannnielynn and the money atttached to her through the ongoing court battle over her late husband's money. He went to ET over and over again and used his video footage of the birth to his own end. What a coincidence that Daniel had methadone in his system, something that was all over Anna Nicole's house. HKS probably slipped it in something or lied about what is was and gave it to Daniel to get him out of the picture of inheritin any money then he got rid of Anna Nicole in Fla. because that would have been too obvious to do the same thing to her in the Bahamas. How convenient. A 21 year old kid doesn't show up to see his half sister and wind up dead in hospital chair 2 or 3 days later. HKS made his move right then and there to get rid of him. Anna Nicole was too trusting of this snake and too doped up to realize what he was really up to. I'm sure he kept her on drugs so she wa too stoned to see what he was doing. He made $12,000.00 last year and I think his parents were supporting him and sold his phony baloney interview to ET for a cool million and is shedding is crocodile tears. Why would he want to make a million bucks off her death if he really loved her? OPPORTUNIST. BLOOD MONEY. Just waiting to see him in the orange jumpsuit and handcuffs in court. IMO,hHe is nothing but a manipulative, conniving murderer who I hope is arrested soon in this double murder and brought to justice.

2795 days ago
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Comment    

Oh, and I just saw the video of Anna Nicole in the weird clown makeup pushing Dannielynn in the stroller in the Bahamas and HKS quckly grabbing his ever preent video camera and telling her to look up into the camera and asking her if she was "on another mushroom trip" and her too stoned to even comprehend what he was saying. Then telling her on the video "This is worth money" and her asking "What's worth money" and him telling her "this footage" and she's again too stoned to understand and asking "what footage" so he asks her "what are you looking into" and she says "a camera". Bingo. What a two headed snake. I just hope great detectives and cops move in on him fast and arrest him and put his despicable butt in jail for the rest of his life for murdering her and her son to get all that MONEY.

2795 days ago
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Comment    

In my opinion, I wouldn't be surprised if HKS was slipping Anna Nicole contaminated food or something to make her so sick before she died so he could cover up his murder of her. He was conveniently NOT around when she was found dead. He is SO transparent. I just hope great detectives and cops are put on this case to arrest him for the murder of her son and her and put his sorry butt in jail for the rest of his life. Gets himself made executor of her Will, puts his name on the birth certificate, he's no way the father, moves to the Bahamas where the biological father has no rights, i.e. Larry Birkhead. HKS used ET for his own end and then sold them an interview for a million bucks and shed his crocodile tears. And I agree with the person who said he kept covering his face probably to keep from laughing. HKS is and was a complete svengali to her, used her as his meal ticket, made NO money of his own, lived off of her, salivated over the money he stands to inherit by getting both her and her son out of the picture, kept her stoned all the time to have more power and manipulating power over her, videotapes her stoned and in clown makeup and actually says on the tape, "this is worth a LOT of money", collects all of his drinking cups in court so no one can test his DNA via saliva because he KNOWS he is NOT the father of this baby. He must have stayed up countless nights planning out this whole thing. He planned, plotted and carried out both murders. I just hope he is arrested, tried, found guilty and put in jail for the rest of his life. He's a lawyer, so he knows exactly how to play the game and put all of his ducks in a row, but he will be found out. Otherwise, he'll just go down in the annals of time along with OJ, Robert Blake and William Shatner. who all got away with murdering their wives.

2794 days ago
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trover    

First Amendment rights have nothing to do with this. And we don't "express our First Amendment rights," our actions are protected by the First Amendment. But I digress. I find it horrifying when the "tragedy" identified here is that a beautiful woman's body is rotting in a morgue. Of all the issues, isn't this really the least? WAY below an infant who lost her mother, several people who have lost a loved one, and the list goes on. It's also a shame that some people don't give the woman credit for having any brain of her own.

2792 days ago
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Sad    

Well, even FOX NEWS is trashing ET's interviews with Howard & Anna! And Stern Pressures Larry TODAY to sign a deal!!

Howard K. Stern Plays Hardball With Larry Birkhead
Friday, March 02, 2007

By Roger Friedman

AP

Anna Nicole: Stern Pressures Larry to Sign Deal

Anna Nicole Smith's two baby daddies (I don't know what else to call them) continue to be in a tug-of-war this morning, even as their beloved cash cow is readied for burial.

Overnight, attorney Howard K. Stern — whose hold on the situation is starting to slip — has been strong-arming photographer Larry Birkhead to do a couple of things: keep Birkhead's legal reps out of Anna Nicole Smith's Bahamas funeral, sign a contract deal with "Entertainment Tonight" and acquiesce even further regarding the future of baby Danniellynn.

Stern, as I told you the other day, has already had one secret meeting with Birkhead in which he cut out the photographer's lawyers.

I'm told that Stern has kept up the pressure on Birkhead, actually presenting him with contracts, sources say, in which Birkhead would join Stern for more exclusive interviews on "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider."

"Howard wanted Larry to sign so that it looked like everyone was in agreement, and that it wasn't just Howard benefiting from these deals," my source said. "Larry said the baby's guardian should sign the papers for him and the baby, but he wouldn't. So then Larry wouldn't."

At the same time, Stern is trying to negotiate separately with Birkhead, away from his attorneys, to sign a deal by which Stern would continue to be in baby Danniellyn's life and oversee her finances.

Stern, my sources say, is working as quickly as he can to effect these agreements before he has to turn over the baby to Birkhead, her biological father.

Sources say that Birkhead's representatives are considering taking legal action against Stern's side to prevent further communication between the two sides as soon as today.

The problem, sources also say, is that Birkhead — a novice in these games — continues to be intimidated by Stern.

"Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," both owned by CBS Paramount Television, have denied paying for interviews. But I'm told their method – it's semantics — is to "license" footage either directly from Stern or through a third party.

Recently, "ET" used Solana Productions of Southern California in such a deal. Neither Solana or anyone from CBS Paramount answered calls yesterday.

Anna Nicole: Dead, and For Sale

Today, Anna Nicole Smith — a ridiculous person who accomplished just about nothing in her life — will be buried in the Bahamas.

There are several wars taking place all over the world, not to mention famines; artists are hard at work, movies are opening, buildings are going up, diseases are being investigated. But hey: Anna Nicole is being buried, and "Entertainment Tonight" will be there for every cheesy second of it.

That's because "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," two half-hour shows syndicated by CBS's Paramount TV, have paid a high price for this honor.

Real insiders (not the kind you have to pay for info) tell me that Paramount TV cut the deal with Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole's lawyer and Svengali, right after her son Daniel died of a methadone overdose in her Bahamian hospital room last September.

Paramount TV has denied this, somewhat passively, so far. But my sources say it they paid Stern around $3 million initially, and that this was renegotiated right after Anna Nicole herself died on February 8th of this year.

Of course, we could believe that Stern — who in court told clueless Florida probate judge Larry Seidlin that he was living off his parents — just loves "ET." Anything's possible.

But the reality is that Anna Nicole's death has proven to be a ratings-sweep godsend.

Linda Bell Blue, the show's executive producer, previously helmed Paramount's ugly tabloid show, "Hard Copy." For years she's had to sit through Mary Hart's tedious, publicist-arranged interviews with low-level TV stars, just waiting for this moment: a huge celebrity death, in a sweeps month, and already contracted for!

As recently as last night, "ET" correspondent Mark Steines was reporting "from inside" Anna Nicole's Bahamas mansion — no mention of the fact that it didn't belong to her, and that the landlord is kicking everyone out.

Steines had "the inside scoop" about the B-list country singer who would serenade Anna Nicole into the next life, the color of her burial gown ("pink!") and what would be inside the coffin (with any luck, Anna Nicole).

Steines performs these interviews — as he has since last Nov. 1, when he had his first "exclusive" after Smith's son, Daniel, d

2790 days ago
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TRACY    

HOWARD IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS NOT ON THE NEWS EVERYDAY WITH A NEW STORY.. THE POOR MAN HAS NOT HAD TIME TO MORN THE LOSS OF ANNA , AND FOR ANNA'S MOTHER ANNA MADE IT CLEAR SHE DID NOT WANT HER AROUND, BUT IT SEEMS ALL THE LAWYERS HAVE NOT READ ANNA'S WILL , IF ANNA WAS HERE I DONT THINK HER MOTHER WOULD HAVE BEEN ALOUD TO SEE THE BABY..... WHAT'S WITH HER MOTHER IS SHE A CONTROL FREAK ALL THE STUFF SHE HAS SAID ABOUT HER DAUGHTER ON TV THAT IS NOT IN THE BABYS BEST INTEREST I FEEL HOWARD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS LIKE THAT, I PRAY HOWARD IS THE FATHER, AND THEN HE WILL PROTECT THIS BABY FROM ALL THIS AND GET THAT BABY AWAY FROM THAT MONEY GRUBBING ANNAS MOTHER LIVEING OFF HER DEAD DAUGHTERS MONEY PROFITING FROM HER DEAD DAUGHTER HOW SICK IS SHE AND SHE TALKS ABOUT HER DAUGHTER SHE FAILED WITH ANNA, PUT THE BABY UP FOR ADOPTION BUT NEVER GIVE IT TO THAT SICK BITCH

2788 days ago
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Santa    

What kind of a man not only lies to public but also in court-Stern is a Crook a con-man-and if he was worth a shit would of had a legal practice and not moached off a woman.Stern and his whole system of Lawyers-should be ashamed of yourself.Justice will get you eventually.I believe that those lawyers that fraudelently did wills and lied should be at very least disbarred.Lawyer representing Anna lied she had 7 insurance policies-nobody has that many who you think people are stupid -you and your lawyers said yopu had no income-your day is coming this month in court.

2787 days ago
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Team Sanjaya    

OMG! this is crazy!

2811 days ago
12.

Save Shiloh from Angelina ~    



You can't make this shit up !!!!!

Let the Jerry Springer show begin LOL !!!!!!!

Again ! the stupid judge needs to demand a DNA test A.S.A.P !!!!!!

2811 days ago
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Torrie    

Yeah, Like we didn't see that one coming! HKS must be the worst "Lawyer "in history! Everyone knows that you cannot legally be the beneficiary as well as the executor of a will. Nice try fuck-wit...We're you high when you thought that one up?

I guess he wanted it all and sat quietly by watching his "beloved" slowly kill herself with his drugs. That's love and proves how much he truly cared about her when she had a 105 degree fever and sat her in a icebath instead of bringing her to a hospital! Everyone knows that a fever that high for an adult is BEYOND dangerous. Yep! He loved her alright.

2811 days ago
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aneurysm    

that should shut everyone up that have been persecuting stern. he knew he couldn't be heir as executor. he wasn't after her money. birkhead on the other hand...

2811 days ago
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weird    

Now that it's looking less likely that she OD'd, are any of the news programs going to have the balls to look into TRIMSPA and EPHEDRA as a possible cause of death? They've speculated on everything else but are likely afraid of a lawsuit.

The TrimSpa woman's attitude on LKL was outrageous, considering the herbal crap she peddles to people, knowing it's unsafe. ANS was taking the ephedra version, known to cause permanent heart damage, seizures and other fun stuff until it was banned in 2004. Since it's been reported that she was vomiting and having seizures the day she died, and had some kind of infection with a 105 degree fever days before she died, I wish people would stop with the drug angle and focus on something else.

2811 days ago
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