Birkhead spoke with TMZ a few minutes ago and said he didn't travel to the Bahamas for the Daniel Smith inquest because he was hospitalized with a temp of 106. Birkhead says he's been in the hospital twice with a severe case of the flu and was too sick to travel. Ditto Dannielynn, who has an ear infection.
Birkhead says he's already made arrangements to testify at the inquest sometime in March.
Also, the photo we ran earlier today, showing him out dancing -- was taken on his birthday last week and just released today.
For the record, his voice sounds like Kathleen Turner.