The cover sheet shows the fax was sent on 02/03/2007 at 02:18. The fax contained the existing will of Anna Nicole. It lists a phone number with the initials RAR — we believe that to be Ron A. Rale, Howard Stern’s lawyer. It is unknown to whom the fax was sent.
We know Stern was concerned for Smith’s well-being. Anna Nicole Smith’s former nanny alleged Smith tried to take her life twice after Daniel died. Under the will, Stern was not protected. Daniel was the only beneficiary with Stern as trustee. As a result, Smith’s infant daughter would inherit her mom’s property outside the will, and unless Stern could prove he was the father, he would probably lose his claim to serve as trustee.
There’s a serious question as to whether Smith was even mentally capable of changing her will. There is evidence she was on methadone, and video several months earlier shows she was almost incapable of functioning. Indeed, even on a segment of “Entertainment Tonight” that aired just days before her death, Smith seemed out of it.
Was Stern in the process of changing Anna’s will just before she died? And if so, is this an acknowledgment by Stern that Daniel’s death derailed his position?