• THE RINGS photo | Anna Nicole Smith, Howard K. Stern

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Published: Thursday October 05, 2006 09:00 AM EDT



In the fall before her tragic death, Anna Nicole Smith, 38, and lawyer Howard K. Stern, 37, boarded the 41-ft. catamaran Margaritaville in the early morning hours of Sept. 28 and set sail off the coast of the Bahamas' Paradise Island – and then pledged their love in a commitment ceremony.