It's always hard for anyone to lose a member of their family, but when it happens to a child, it's especially devastating. That's a fact Larry Birkhead is becoming painstakingly familiar with now that his 5-year-old daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, is beginning to ask some tough questions about the death of her famous mother, Anna Nicole Smith.
While making a guest appearance on Good Morning America on Monday, Birkhead, 39, recalled a heartbreaking moment between him and his daughter during a recent visit to Smith's burial plot in Barbados. "[Dannielynn] said [to me], 'Why did mommy die?'" Birkhead told GMA host Robin Roberts. "And I said 'You know, the doctors couldn't fix her. But if you're good... you'll get to see her someday.'"
It's a difficult moment for any parent to deal with, but one that is probably inevitable in cases like these thanks to so much media speculation. For those of you who don't remember, Smith — who was best known as a Playboy model and reality star — was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Feb. 8, 2007 after an accidental overdose involving a mixture of nine different prescription drugs.
And though Smith certainly had her fair share of highs and lows throughout the course of her life, Birkhead isn't all that worried about Dannielynn learning about her mother's tragic past. In fact, he hopes it proves to be a helpful learning experience. "I hope that she understands that no one’s perfect and people have triumphs and people have tragedies," he explained, adding that he wants to make sure Dannielynn understands what happened to her mother, and wants to "make things a cautionary tale."