Anna Nicole Smith’s partner, Howard K Stern, her mother, Vergie Arthur, and the photographer Larry Birkhead are embroiled in a legal battle over who gets to keep her body, although some of the reasons are less than noble.

Mr Birkhead said he wanted DNA to be taken from Smith’s body to be compared with samples from Dannielynn to make sure the baby had not been secretly switched with another one to foil tests establishing her paternity.

“We don’t care about the body,” one of Mr Birkhead’s lawyers, Susan Brown, said.

The more this drags on, the more sorry I feel for that poor little child. One day she’s going to find out what a circus her mother’s death became and I can’t imagine how awful that will be for her.