She was just 39 at the time.
Larry Birkhead is opening up about his daughter Dannielynn with Anna Nicole Smith 10 years after the model and reality star's death. Dannielynn was just 5 months old when her mother died.
Larry learned that Anna Nicole was pregnant with Dannielynn during a fight.
Virgie Arthur Hopes That A Common Love For Anna Nicole Smith Can Reunite Her With Her GranddaughterVirgie Arthur became estranged from her granddaughter, following Anna Nicole Smith's passing.
Anna Nicole and Larry met at the Barnstable Brown Gala before the Kentucky Derby while she was filming her reality show "The Anna Nicole Show" in 2002.
"I would say she is fearless like her mom".
While Dannielynn obviously wants her idol Nicki as her dad's new love interest, the "Super Bass" singer is hardly going to fit in to Larry's quiet and relaxed life with his daughter in a suburb of Louisville, KY.
"We saw a video on YouTube that she was one of the 10 richest kids in America", he said. "She needs to know and one day, she will".
While Virgie's statements would seem to indicate that Dannielynn is being kept from her, Larry Birkhead, Dannielynn's father, says nothing could be further from the truth. He revealed that Ms. Arthur has always been welcome to visit with her granddaughter, but stipulates that she needs to call in advance.
The father-daughter duo sat down with "20/20" in remembrance of Anna's death 10 years ago to update Smith's fans on their lives now. "You've got to be there for Dannielynn, '" Birkhead explained. "She'll get on any roller coaster that you put in front of her", Birkhead said in a new interview with "20/20". "That was more to me an act than it was the real person who she was", Birkhead explained. "So, butterflies chase me everywhere and I let the butterfly come out of my pencil and fly on my paper with its wings of love".
Birkhead also uses the interview to dispel some misconceptions about Anna Nicole's usage of prescription medication. When the camera was going, she was a whole different thing.
Another subject that has been tricky for Birkhead to talk about with his only child is the past rumor that she could one day inherit millions of dollars from Smith's late husband, billionaire J. Howard Marshall, even though the former Playmate's lawyers lost the final request to obtain money from his estate in 2014. "She came home and asked me where the money was, and I said, 'I'm still looking for it'".
After Smith's death, Birkhead was involved in a bitter custody battle for Dannielynn until a paternity test proved that he was the father.