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Anna Nicole buried in Bahamas
The unmarked grave of Ms Smith's son at Lakeview Memorial Gardens cemetery, Nassau, Bahamas
Ms Smith was buried close to her 20-year-old son, who died last year
The funeral of former model Anna Nicole Smith has taken place in the Bahamian capital, Nassau, amid tight security.

Pallbearers in pink ties carried her coffin down a red carpet. She was later buried in a pink gown and tiara beside her son Daniel, 20, who died last year.

Ms Smith died aged 39 on 8 February in a Florida hotel room of unknown causes.

Her death has triggered legal battles in the US and the Bahamas over control of her body and custody of her baby, who could inherit millions of dollars.

Three hundred people were invited to attend the private funeral service at the Mount Horeb Baptist Church.

Virgie Arthur (centre), mother of Anna Nicole Smith

Hundreds of islanders and tourists massed behind police-guarded barricades as guests arrived in white limousines.

Ms Smith's body arrived at the church in a white hearse and her mahogany coffin was draped in a rhinestone-studded pink blanket.

Guests said a painting of Ms Smith decorated the altar and that the pews were adorned with pink roses.

Before the service, Richard Milstein, the court-appointed guardian of her five-month-old daughter, Danielynn, asked the journalists and onlookers for "respect and solemnity".

"Today we share our grief with all of you. Today we come to you to carry out the final, most sacred, solemn act provided to any individual," he said.

Ms Smith was later buried at Lakeview Memorial Park cemetery in a grave next to her son, with about 30 friends and family members in attendance.

Legal wrangle

On Wednesday, a Florida appeals court upheld a ruling that Ms Smith should be buried in the Bahamas despite a challenge by her estranged mother, who wanted her laid to rest in her native Texas.

Anna Nicole Smith with her son Daniel in a July 2004 file photo
Guests received pink and red roses to remember Smith and her son
The appeals court said the model wanted to be buried near Daniel in the Bahamas. Ms Smith had recently made the country her home.

An official inquest into his death is also pending.

Florida medical examiner Joshua Perper has said he will announce the cause of Ms Smith's death next week.

He said it was a complex case, "unusual from a medical point of view".

Ms Smith married Texas oil tycoon J Howard Marshall in 1994 when she was 26 and he was 89 and had been fighting his family over his fortune since his death in 1995.


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Obituary: Anna Nicole Smith
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