Anna Nicole Smith will be buried in a custom-made gown next to her 20-year-old son following an "over the top" memorial service, with a tightly controlled guest list, said a friend helping to organize the memorial.
The memorial service, with about 300 guests at an undisclosed church, will feature large amounts of pink flowers, her favorite color, and singing from a well-known performer whose name organizers aren't ready to disclose, said the friend, Patrik Simpson of Beverly Hills, California.
"It will be a very beautiful, Anna Nicole send-off," Simpson told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday night in the Bahamian capital of Nassau. "Of course it will be over the top because it's Anna Nicole."
Simpson's partner, Pol Atteu, has designed more than a dozen gowns for Smith, including the one in which she was to be buried in a "very elegant" closed casket, he said. He declined to describe the dress.
Smith, 39, died in a Florida hotel on Feb. 8 - setting off a battle over her burial and for custody of her 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn, between her partner, Howard K. Stern, her mother, Virgie Arthur, and ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead.
Arthur had wanted to bury Smith in her native Texas. But Stern insisted the former Playboy Playmate wanted to be buried next to her son, Daniel, who died of apparent drug-related causes as he visited his mother three days after she gave birth to Dannielynn in the Bahamas.
The wrangling over Smith's body ended Wednesday when a Florida appeals court upheld a judge's ruling that allowed Smith to be buried in the Bahamas and Arthur decided not to appeal that decision.
Lawyer Richard Milstein, the court-appointed advocate for Dannielynn, said the funeral would be Friday.
Wayne Munroe, the Bahamian attorney for Smith's estate, said the Florida court ruling was "common sense."
"Everyone in this whole saga knows what her wishes were about every aspect of her affairs - custody, property, everything," Munroe told AP. "But people are steadfastly trying to get their wishes met and not hers. Nobody seems to care about this woman's wishes."
A Bahamian court has scheduled a hearing in the custody dispute for mid-March.
Simpson said each "faction" - Stern, Arthur and Birkhead - had to submit a guest list in advance and each would be limited to 100 people at the church service.
"It will be something very beautiful, very private, very over the top and very pink," he said.
The burial at Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleums will be much more intimate, with about 30 people, he said.
At Daniel's funeral, Smith and Stern erected a large green tent that blocked the media and other spectators from the service. Organizers of the former pinup's service are expected to do the same.
Simpson, a 38-year-old model talent scout who was friends with Smith for the past five years, said he and his partner plan to place photos of themselves with their 15-year-old daughter, who sang at Daniel's funeral, inside her casket, and other close friends will do the same, the AP said.
He recalled Smith as a warm and generous person who always remembered their daughter's birthday and other special events.
"She was just a good friend, a good mother, a great person," Simpson said. "She had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off her own back."
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