'Why did mommy die': The heartbreaking question asked by Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn
15:13 GMT, 18 June 2012
She was so young when her mother died, that she probably has very few memories of her.
But every little girl wants a mother, as she gets older, Danielynn, the daughter of tragic Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith is getting more curious and has now asked father Larry Birkhead, the one question he was dreading.
On a recent trip to the Bahamas, where her mother and
half-brother, Daniel Smith, are both buried, Dannielynn, 5, asked the poignant question, Birkhead revealed in an interview that aired today on Good Morning America.
Tragic: Larry Birkhead has revealed in an interview that daughter Danielynn asked why her did her mommy, Anna Nicole Smith, die in an interview with Good Morning America today
Curious: Larry explained how Danielynn has become more curious about her late mother
Larry spoke to GMA anchor Robin Roberts: '… you know she said, ‘Why did
'And I said, ‘You know, they, doctors
couldn’t fix her. But if you’re good … you’ll get to see her someday.’
Close: Larry and Danielynn seen in New York last week when he arrived to tape the interview
Smith, the buxom reality-TV star and former Playboy model who struggled with prescription drug problems, was found dead in a Florida hotel room in February 2007, aged 39.
The official cause of death was an accidental overdose of nine prescription drugs, including Valium and Atavan.
Her death followed the devastating loss of her 20-year-old son Daniel Smith just six months earlier, three days after his mother gave birth to Dannielynn.
Daniel died after an accidental overdose of the drug methadone with the antidepressants Lexapro and Zoloft.
Since Smith's tragic death, Birkhead has devoted himself to giving his
daughter a stable, balanced life. Sometimes using disguises to avoid being recognised Birkhead, 39, told Good Morning America co-anchor Robin
But on visits to his home state of Kentucky they are able to be 'normal.'
Despite her early years being marred by tragedy Birkhead told Roberts that
Dannielynn was 'as well-adjusted as she can be.'
And when asked whether he was concerned about what Dannielynn might learn about her mother’s life when she gets older, Birkhead said: 'I hope that she understands that no one’s perfect and people have triumphs and people have tragedies. And her mom really … soldiered on and she came from nothing and she, you know, lived her dream.
'But I also want to make things a cautionary tale … and give her the tools that she needs to where she has the opportunities that her mother and Anna’s son, Daniel, you know, won’t have.'
Sweet treats: The pair raided a sweetie store in New York
Birkhead had a relationship with the
Smith, but had to go to court to get a DNA test proving he was
Dannielynn’s father. Several other men had also claimed paternity of
Father and daughter seem to have a very tight bond but Birkhead admitted he didn't expect single parenthood to be this 'hard'.
But is seems that Dannielynn has plans for her father as Birkhead that involve Lady Gaga. Danielynn is so keen to see her father married that there’s 'not a week that goes by' where she doesn’t raise the subject.
Matchmaker: Larry revealed that Danielynn is keen for him to marry – Lady Gaga
He said: 'She says, you know, ‘Daddy, why don’t you go get married’” he said. “I said, ‘Well, who do you want me to marry’
'Well, why don’t you marry Lady Gaga' he said, laughing.
know, I’m thinking, you know, down-home Kentucky girl and she’s
thinking Lady Gaga. So maybe we’ll meet in the middle somewhere.'
Mini-me: Danielynn looks so much like her late mother Anna Nicole, but Birkhead said he wants her mother's life to serve as a cautionary tale on the pitfalls of fame
made a Mother’s Day card at school and I said, ‘Do you want to make it
for your mom in, you know, heaven And she says, ‘Yes.’
'But then she brought it to me and she says, ‘You can have it and maybe you can give it to your new wife.’
Birkhead admitted the tragic loss of Anna Nicole still permeates their life on a daily basis.
'You have to fill out school applications and say … ‘mother
deceased,’ so the extreme highs and the extreme lows,” Birkhead said.
want to keep Anna’s image alive in a positive way. She could light up a
room. And now her daughter’s taken her place and she’s lighting up
every room that she goes into, trust me,” he said with a laugh. I feel
it every day.'
Candid: Larry seen at the recording of the show in New York last week