October 15, 2006 -- THE mother of Anna Nicole Smith believes her tragic grandson Daniel Smith, who died of a lethal cocktail of drugs last month, may have been murdered - and she's hinting the culprit may have been in the hospital room when he died.
Virgie Arthur told Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News the other day she's also concerned that her estranged daughter's brand new hubby, lawyer Howard K. Stern, is now in line to inherit all of Anna Nicole's millions if anything ever happens to her. "If Howard Stern marries her and she ends up dead, then who does the money go [to]? Danny's not there," Arthur said.
Daniel, 20, collapsed and died Sept. 10 while visiting his mom in a Nassau, Bahamas, hospital - three days after the busty beauty gave birth to a baby daughter, Dannielynn. Officials say Daniel was stricken by a heart attack brought on by a deadly mixture of methadone and the antidepressants Zoloft and Lexapro, and concluded "there was no criminality involved."
But Arthur, a former cop, said, "Somebody had to give it to him. He had to get it from somewhere."
When Grace noted that if it wasn't a suicide, that would leave only Anna Nicole and Stern, who were in the room at the time of Danny's death, Virgil replied: "That's true. There was only three people in that room. Danny was one of them . . . I just know Danny didn't kill hisself. He did not overdose hisself . . . Danny wouldn't take drugs to begin with. I don't believe that for a minute. You could not convince me of that."
Eric Redding, co-author with his wife D'eva of the book "Great Big Beautiful Doll: The Anna Nicole Smith Story," told Page Six he doesn't know if Arthur's claim is true. But he doesn't believe Stern's insistence that he is the biological father of Dannielynn. "No way . . . Larry Birkhead, the photographer, is the biological dad," Redding told us.
"One big sticking point here is that Stern doesn't want to come back to the U.S. and do the paternity tests, and the reason being, he knows he's not the dad. He's obviously convinced Anna that his strategy of getting married, staying in the Bahamas, taking on Bahamian citizenship, and avoiding the paternity tests are the way to go." Neither Stern nor Smith could be reached for comment.