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Larry Birkhead pays tribute to Anna Nicole Smith on 15th anniversary of her death: 'Your love is alive' in Dannielynn

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  • Anna Nicole SmithAnna Nicole SmithAmerican model, actress, and television personality (1967-2007)
  • Dannielynn BirkheadAmerican model, daughter of Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith, the late Playboyand Guess model turned billionaire's wife turned reality show star, is being remembered by her family as "truly one of a kind."

"Still remembering this one 15 years after her death," Larry Birkhead wrote Tuesday on the Instagram account he shares with Smith's 15-year-old daughter, Dannielynn.

"She was truly one of a kind," he wrote about the larger-than-life star who was 39 at the time of her accidental drug overdose. "She struggled for love and acceptance. Just when she found a little piece of one or the other, life seemed to sabotage."

(Screenshot: @larryanddannielynn via Instagram)
(Screenshot: @larryanddannielynn via Instagram)

Larry, who dated Smith on and off for approximately two years, wrote to the late star, "Today, I remember your heart, your soul and your beauty, both inside and out. Your love is alive still to this day, in the form of a truly one of a kind teenager with her Mom’s smile, beauty and courage."

He ended by writing, "Thanks to Anna’s fans for helping keep her memory alive. We love you Anna Nicole."

Larry, a Louisville-based freelance photographer, met Smith while she was shooting the Anna Nicole Showat a Kentucky Derby party in 2003. She flirted with him and later hired him to photograph her. Larry eventually moved to Los Angeles, where Smith was based with her odd hodgepodge of hangers-on, as they began a tumultuous romantic relationship. Smith — who long struggled with substance abuse — told Larry she was pregnant in early 2006. However, Smith abruptly ran off to the Bahamas, along with her ever-present attorney Howard K. Stern, and gave birth there in September 2006. She claimed publicly Stern was the baby's father.

Things only became more tragic. While Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel, visited her in the maternity ward, three days after the star gave birth, he fatally overdosed and died in Smith's hospital suite. Five months after that, a heartbroken Smith then fatally overdosed herself in a Florida hotel room — on Feb. 8, 2007 — with nine different prescription drugs in her system. Most of the pills were prescribed to Stern, not her. In the wake of Smith's death, a paternity case resulted over baby Dannielynn — with even more potential fathers coming forward in a true circus event — and DNA tests proved that Larry was the father. He's been raising her ever since.

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