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Anna Nicole Smith Laid To Rest In Bahamas

Posted Saturday March 3, 2007 3:41 AM GMT

Following a three-week battle for her corpse and amid legal wrangling over her 5-month-old baby, Anna Nicole Smith was finally laid to rest in the Bahamas on Friday March 2nd.

Reuters reported that "Smith's brown coffin, which was draped in pink sequined fabric with feathers and tassels that fluttered in the warm island breeze, was placed in a grave next to her dead son Daniel while a raucous crowd of onlookers cheered and shouted outside Nassau's Lakeview cemetery."

Earlier, a white hearse delivered Smith's coffin to Nassau's Mount Horeb Church, where organizers said 300 guests sat inside and 300 sightseers, tourists and local residents gathered behind barricades outside.

The funeral was, not surprisingly, quite elaborate. "Twenty-four doves were released over the grave of the tabloid star, whose sudden death in Florida on February 8 at age 39 touched off a media maelstrom. One dove refused to leave the coffin, and walked up and down on it," said Diane Dean, who works for East Sunrise Mortuary.

The burial ceremony reportedly took place under a covered tent area to block public viewing. Those in attendance included all of the parties who had feuded bitterly over the corpse, and over Smith's baby daughter Dannielynn.

One of the attendees was Anna Nicole's estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, who wanted her daughter buried in her native Texas. She came accompanied by a reporter from the Splash news agency, which most likely earned her a pretty penny.

Meanwhile, Larry Birkhead, one of Anna's former boyfriends who claims to be Dannielynn's father, found the crowd outside the cemetery chanting his name. He came and left waving to fans.

Larry and Virgie's antics, however, were not enough to spoil what many attendees deemed "a beautiful ceremony".