The Anna Nicole reality show took a dark and tragic twist. The absolute worst happened. Daniel overdosed. The year was 2006. It was as shocking as it was unbelievable. It was supposed to be a time of joy. Baby sister Dannielynn was just born. Daniel was staying in the hospital room with his mom and the baby girl.
Three days later, they woke up, and he was dead. He was 20. Anna Nicole suffered intolerably. She could not accept it. She saw images of him alive on TV and thought he lived. She clutched his picture and sobbed herself to sleep every night.
Anna Nicole's Birth Video: $1 million
Anna Nicole dreamed of having a baby girl. Even when she was pregnant with Daniel, she hoped for a girl. She loved to shop, and her mother said that she filled three hope chests with adorable baby girl outfits.
Dannielynn’s birth was filmed and aired to the world. But daddy, a professional cameraman, was not invited. Why didn’t she allow the baby’s father in the room? She was able to sell the video for a million bucks. Perhaps she didn’t think it would sell as a family home video?
Paternity Test Reveals Baby’s Daddy
In an apparent effort to manipulate all the men in her life simultaneously, Anna Nicole let them think each might be the baby’s dad. She lied and pointed to Stern as the father. He was crushed when the paternity test results were revealed.
Birkhead, who knew he was the father the whole time, described her maneuvering like this: “That she was supposed to be available and the object of everyone’s desire,” he said. “It worked against me in so many ways.” Especially in establishing paternity.
Anna Nicole’s death knell was the shock of her adored son’s overdose. The tragic loss of her only true and real love, a love she had adored for as many years as his young life held, was suddenly gone. She would be gone in five months.
She did not handle it well. At his funeral, sobbing and trying to climb inside the casket to hold him, the funeral staff feared she would tip over the coffin. Her grief was unabating, unbearable, and uncontrollable.
Anna Nicole’s Tragic Death
Anna Nicole died at a Hard Rock resort in Hollywood, Florida. The plan for the stay was to pick out a yacht. It was a big purchase, but it was even greater grief to console.
As it turned out, she was too ill to go yacht shopping. She lay in the room dying of the flu, an intestinal infection, and blood poisoning. She developed an infection from shots of human growth hormones and vitamins injected into her intestines, meant to slow the aging process and manage weight. Several punctures were identified in the autopsy.