Now the lawyers will have to sort it out.
When reality TV star and former model Vicky Lynn Hogan, known publicly as Anna Nicole Smith, died today, she left behind a newborn daughter and boyfriend (and lawyer) Howard K. Stern.
But the 39-year-old also left behind a class action lawsuit, which accused the Playboy Playmate and New Jersey-based company TrimSpa of misleading consumers in regards to the effects of the company’s weight loss pills, for which Smith served as a spokesperson.
Also left unresolved: one of the most highly publicized probate cases of the decade, the battle for the fortune of her deceased billionaire husband.
In 1994 Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall; she was 26 and he was 89. When Marshall died in 1995, his family refused to grant the 1993 Playmate of the Year her part of the $400 million estate. Thus began a high-profile brawl with her former stepson, E. Pierce Marshall.
A federal court later awarded Smith $474 million, a decision that was eventually overturned. In May, the case reached the Supreme Court, where justices ruled that she could continue her fight for the money.