LATEST: Photographer LARRY BIRKHEAD has posted a farewell message to Anna Nicole Smith on his website as he struggles to come to terms with his ex-girlfriend's death.
Birkhead, who has been fighting a paternity battle with Smith over her baby daughter DANNIELYNN since late last year (06), told WENN "I just can't talk" after hearing his former lover had died in a Florida hospital.
And now he's put his thoughts and feelings into a final love note and posted it on his website LarryBirkhead.net.
The photographer writes, "Chance brought us together, our love couldn't keep us apart. We loved, we laughed, we shared a connection that couldn't be broken, regardless of the challenges.
"I loved her in life and I will love her long after."
Birkhead, who is now seeking an emergency paternity order so he can take custody of the baby he claims is his biological daughter, references little Dannielynn in his touching poem.
He adds, "Our daughter, Dannielynn is a constant reminder of the love we shared and the life that we desired. My heart is broken, my tears are endless. She (Smith) called me her angel, I called her my sweet potato, and every night before we went to sleep, she made me say to her... 'GOODNIGHT MY SWEET ANNA BABY.'
An emergency court hearing is scheduled for today (09FEB07) to determine whether a court-ordered DNA sample will be taken from Smith's body to help determine the biological father of the child.