Last week Anna Nicole Smith suddenly lost her 20-year-old son at the same time she was celebrating the birth of her new baby girl. The death of her son is still a mystery, but it turns out Anna Nicole is making some money off of this tragedy. In Touch outbid People magazine for the rights to pictures of Anna Nicole, her son Daniel and her daughter just before Daniel died. Here's more:
In Touch magazine paid as much as $400,000 for the print exclusive on photos, and the Paramount-produced television shows "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider" forked over an estimated $250,000 for the TV exclusive.
In Touch won the rights, I hear, after topping People's bid of $350,000. A spokeswoman for In Touch told me, "There is an incredible amount of emotion attached to this story and the photos, and our story will be a tribute to Daniel's life as a well as a celebration of it."
I'm told that Anna Nicole has vague plans to use a portion of the money for a Daniel Smith memorial, and it wasn't clear yesterday what percentage of the proceeds Getty is taking as a commission.
This whole thing is still so weird. There is so much mystery around Daniel's death. TMZ is reporting the latest on the cause of Daniel's death. Apparently they are now saying it was due to a fatal drug combo including anti-depressants and other prescription drugs. Either way it's a sad sad story and we never knew we could feel for Anna Nicole but we do. Let's hope the $650K helps her get over this mess.