Judge Orders Smith's Remains Embalmed

LATEST: A Florida judge has signed an order to have the refrigerated remains of ANNA NICOLE SMITH embalmed today (16FEB07). The procedure will be done under heavy security at the Broward County Medical Examiner's office in nearby Dania Beach. Broward Circuit Judge LARRY SEIDLIN said, "We're beginning to give her peace." Meanwhile, a Florida court is expected to release what attorneys say is the last will and testament of the former Playboy Playmate. The judge overseeing the dispute over her burial ordered attorneys to file a copy of the will, which has been the subject of intense speculation since Smith's sudden death eight day ago (08FEB07). The document is expected to help determine where Smith's final resting place will be. A battle is currently being waged over her remains by Smith's lawyer and companion HOWARD K STERN and her estranged mother, VIRGIE ARTHUR. Stern's attorneys say Smith wanted to be buried in the Bahamas next to her son DANIEL, who died three days after Smith's daughter DANNIELYNN, was born, while Arthur wants to take her remains back to her native Texas. A decision about releasing her body for burial is expected next week (BEG19FEB07).


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