HOUSTON — Just more than a year after marrying Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall died Saturday. He was 90.
Marshall, who earlier this year fought pneumonia, was hospitalized at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston. Officials there confirmed Marshall's death but would not release any details.
A battle had already been brewing over Marshall's estate, which reportedly has been valued at $550 million.
Smith and Marshall's son, Pierce Marshall, went to court in February to decide the guardianship of the fortune. The money wound up being put in a trust and Smith was largely cut off from the funds.
Shortly after, Smith went on a tabloid television show to complain about her financial woes. She professed her love for Marshall and said she had performed "wife duties."