Daniel and his mother (in 2004) "adored each other," says a friend.
09/21/2006 AT 12:00 PM EDT
Daniel Smith wasn't feeling well. It was the day before he was supposed to fly from Los Angeles to the Bahamas to visit his mother, Anna Nicole Smith, and new baby sister, but he had a stomachache, he told family friend Ray Martino. With Daniel feeling poorly, "they weren't sure if they should put him on a plane," says David Giancola, director of Smith's latest movie, Illegal Aliens,
who has been in frequent touch with Martino. "But Anna wanted him to be there, and Daniel wanted to go."
Such was the bond between mother and son. For much of the previous three months, Daniel had been on his own in L.A., taking classes at Los Angeles Valley College. Smith, meanwhile, had just settled into a $1 million property on New Providence. But for most of his life, Daniel, 20, had always been by his mother's side when she needed him. So at 10:25 p.m. on Sept. 9, he arrived in Nassau on American Eagle flight 5005.