Anna Nicole Smith's mother Vergie Arthur dies at 66 after battling cancer
Arthur, who was also Smith's sole surviving parent, succumbed to her long battle with cancer, much like Smith's father, Donald Hogan, who had died of lung cancer in 2009
Former Playboy model the late Anna Nicole Smith's mother Virgie Arthur reportedly passed away at her home in Montgomery, Texas, on November 18. Arthur, who was also Smith's sole surviving parent, succumbed to her long battle with cancer, much like Smith's father, Donald Hogan, who had died of lung cancer in 2009.
The Daily Mail broke the story about the death of Arthur, who had also spoken to the outlet last year on the 10th anniversary of her daughter's death, while remembering her late “beautiful, funny” daughter, referring to her as Vickie Lynn, which was Smith's birth name. Smith, whose claim to fame was through the erotica magazine, died at age 39 on February 8, 2007. She had been found unresponsive in her hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and her death was ultimately ruled an accidental overdose.
“She was very young, very beautiful and very funny when she was Vickie Lynn,” Arthur had told the outlet during Smith's 10th death anniversary. “People won’t know her as Vickie Lynn like we do. Her family knows her because they were raised with her. Other people don’t, they just know her as Anna Nicole. Vickie Lynn was a great kid and now she’s gone.”
“People say that you get over it but you never get over it,” she continued. “You never forget and you never get over it. God just makes a way for you to accept it.” Smith's death came just five months after her 20-year-old son, Daniel, died in a Bahamas hospital room. It was all the more shocking because in that very hospital room, Smith had given birth to her daughter Dannielynn just three days before the tragic incident. Dannielynn, now 11, was since raised by her dad and Smith’s former partner, Larry Birkhead.
“I cry on Danny’s death day and I cry on Vickie’s death day,” Arthur added about Smith's death to the Daily Mail. “It is very hard and it brings up such terrible, terrible memories of her death and what happened to her.”