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Anna Nicole's Coffin Finally Gets to Church

3/2/2007 1:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The hearse containing the body of Anna Nicole Smith arrived just moments ago at the Sandy Port community church in the Bahamas, where hundreds of mourners will pay their last respects to Anna Nicole.

Anna's mother, Virgie Arthur, arrived with the casket, though her lawyers essentially tried to stop the funeral before the body arrived. A few minutes ago, the casket was carried up to the church on a long red carpet, Hollywood premiere-style. The casket was draped in a pink cloth of some kind, with long ribbons and feathers. Neither Howard K. Stern nor Larry Birkhead were pallbearers.

The brown casket was ferried to the church in a white hearse, guided by a police motorcycle and followed by a white Bentley sedan, snaking its way up the Bahamian coastline.

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106.

Lone Ranger    

Stern is a "ENABLER"

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

2700 days ago
107.

Betty    

Give me a break, the mother is a plain old media whore and cash cow.. Vergie your 5 mins of fame are up. Get a life and move along. Your daughter hated your guts and she's probaly rolling over in her grave now. Because of vergie Anna couldn't even be buried in a repspectable amount of time. I hope the father of the baby is finally found out. And wouldn't it be a hoot if Anna's fortune was awarded back to the original family!!! That would be the icing on the cake. Larry, Howard and Vergie would all high tail it out. It would be sad for Danielynn but it would be such a kick in the ass for all of them.LOL
Rest in Peace Anna. Yeah right like that will happen by the time this is all over I she her being buried and reburied at least 4 or 5 more times.

2700 days ago
108.

AntiHowardwood    

Somebody needs to take frigging action against that money grubbing do-nothing Howard Stern. I am sick of him and his attorneys trying to act like he has ANY rights in this case.
The bum needs to be kicked to the curb.
I hope Larry Birkhead is not fool enough to EVER allow that leech anywhere near Dannielynn and that poor little gal is able to live a normal, drug free life and grow up like a normal person. She should learn from her Mother's mistakes.

2700 days ago
109.

Kelley    

A casket covered with a pink blanket and streamers??? A tiara and a rhinesone studded dress????? Living proof that you can take the girl outta the trailer park, but you cant take the trailer park out of the girl. Am I the only one who remembers seeing the show on E! about Annas life and where she came from ?? Sure, you remember the one where they interviewed all of her toothless relatives .. I only hope that now that this mess is over, someone will finally concentrate on what is really important and that is the innocent baby girl, WHOEVER her father is . I can honestly say I do hope its Larry, because Howard has lived off of Anna long enough, no sense in letting him use yet another person who is incapable of taking care of herself. Let us not forget, it was Anna Nicoles careless lifestyle that caused all of this hoopla to begin with. If anyone deserves thoughts and prayers now, its Dannielynn. Rest in as much peace as youve allowed yourself to be surrounded in Anna Nicole. Maybe now you can find some comfort .. God Bless........

2700 days ago
110.

lillie    

Anna God bless you.May you rest in peace beside your son.I will be praying for your daughter.She is in Gods Hands know.Rest in peace your work is done know!!

2700 days ago
111.

char    

Rose if you believe that the I have a bridge I want to sell you dummy!!!!!!!!!!

2699 days ago
112.

char    

Why is everyone bashing Vergie. A good mother trys to stop her child from doing drugs. Anna ran away from anyone who tried to stop her drug use. She ran from her mother and again she ran from Larry. Sure she kept Howard sleeeze bag! He gave her the drugs. Birds of a feather always flock together. He was her attorney, and pusher!!!! Wake up folks.

2699 days ago
113.

Tena    

This is a horrible tragedy...Daniel, Anna, and perhaps Danielyn. All are victims of that low down Howard Dirty Stern. If Anna hated her mom so much she would not have called for her when Daniel died, or when she had the baby. That Howard deserves nothing, but an invitation to the unemployement line on Monday morning. Get a job Howard, your leeching days are over! Bless you Anna, Danielyn and Mom Aurthur.

2699 days ago
114.

Tracey Baker    

She Should of been buried in calfiornia were her fan could see her, she loved attention and now she very alone.Poor Daniel he was just visting and now he's stuck there too.If HKS had some thing to with all this which is oviousus he'll get his karma. Larry will prove he is the father but then you can still make money selling her belongings o n EBAY HKS. I didn't like Donald Trump but now he hit the nail on the head. Hw's a loser!!!!

tracey

2699 days ago
115.

billy    

might be the first time anna ever been to church.

2699 days ago
116.

kathy drummond    

you people are really sick howard is very vicious , that funeral was a joke , couldnt they afford flowers it was like a gay pride parade, and iam so sick of big mo alias baby girl . and what about the ashes, last ditch effortfor the money. if howard loved her so much why didnt he carry her coffin, also why shouldnt someone elese get some money instead of that son of a bitch howard

2699 days ago
117.

Kris-T    

rest in peace Anna Nicole you will be missed

2699 days ago
118.

eelground69@hotmail.com    

OMG...KNOW WHAT I JUST HEARD???? LARRY BIRKHEAD IS ACTUALLY
LARRY
BIRKSTEIN A JEWISH GAY PORNO STAR....OF COURSE HE IS IN DISGUISE
NOW..HE STARRED IN "JEWISH BOLOGNA PONY 1 AND 2"!!!!! AND YOU WON'T
BELIEVE THIS BUT HOWARD STERN IS HIS AGENT, I FEEL ANOTHER CONSPIRACY
THEORY BUILDING ..GIVE ME A MINUTE, OK GOT IT..ANNA NICOLE FOUND OUT
ABOUT THE JEWISH/GAY CONNECTION BETWEEN LARRY AND HOWARD AND THEY GOT
MOE ON BOARD TO KIDNAPP THE BABY AND SMUGGLE HERE BACK TO THE BAHAMAS
AND SMOTHER ANNA NICOLE WHILE SHE WAS SLEEPING...AND OF COURSE THE
JUDGES AND M.E ARE DIEHARD FANS OF THE JEWISH BOLOGNA PONY SERIES AND
WERE BLACKMAILED TO SIDE WITH HOWARD......WOW...I REALLY THINK YOU PEOPLE NEED TO SCRUTINIZE EVERYTHING YOU READ BEFORE ACCEPTING IT AS GOSPEL...

2698 days ago
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