An L.A. judge named 18-month-old Dannielynn Birkhead sole heir to late mother Anna Nicole Smith‘s estate March 4. Dannielynn will receive up to $6 million, plus Smith’s possible $88 million share of her second husband J. Howard Marshall II’s fortune. The court appointed Dannielynn’s father, Larry Birkhead, 35, and Smith’s friend and attorney Howard K. Stern, 39, to oversee her trust.
Authorities in London have decided not to take further action against Amy Winehouse, 24, in connection with the ongoing investigation of her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, 25, who is in jail on obstruction of justice charges. In other news, the troubled singer has been diagnosed with impetigo, a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that is being treated with antibiotics. “She’s not hiding away,” a friend tells PEOPLE. “She’s never been one to care what people think.”
Longtime Green Bay Packer Brett Favre, 38, is hanging up his cleats. “The Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude,” team general manager Ted Thompson said March 4. Favre is the only player to be named the NFL’s MVP three consecutive years.
Gary Gygax, 69, who co-created the fantasy game “Dungeons & Dragons” in 1974, died in Lake Geneva, Wis., March 4 after several years of health problems. His worlds of medieval characters and mythical creatures inspired countless video games, books and movies. Gygax is widely seen as the father of role-playing games.
Blind rocker Jeff Healey, 41, best known for the 1989 Top 10 hit “Angel Eyes,” died in Toronto March 2 of retinoblastoma, the rare form of cancer that claimed his sight when he was a year old.
William F. Buckley Jr., 82, who founded National Review magazine in 1955, died in Stamford, Conn., Feb. 27. The author of more than 50 books, he is credited with helping spearhead the modern conservative movement in American politics.
Customized car builder Boyd Coddington, 63, host of the Discovery Channel’s American Hot Rod, died of complications from diabetes in Whittier, Calif., Feb. 27. “As a cocky 24-year-old kid, getting a job at Hot Rods by Boyd was the experience of a lifetime,” Monster Garage host Jesse James, 38, says of his former boss. “The cars that came out of that original hot rod shop were amazing examples of grace and craftsmanship.”