Anna Nicole's Final Farewell

This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," March 5, 2007, that has been edited for clarity.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: There's much more about the funeral you have not heard. Big Moe, Anna Nicole's bodyguard, but also her very close friend, was with her casket every single step of the way. He accompanied her body from Miami to the Bahamas. He was a pallbearer at the funeral.

Joining us, Big Moe. And Big Moe, that's sort of a weird transition from our interview with the lawyers to the topic you have.


VAN SUSTEREN: You know...

BIG MOE: And this is — this is one thing that is — that is hard for me because, you know, we should be celebrating her life, rather than going on bickering about these things and...

VAN SUSTEREN: I agree. I mean, there's an easy — there's an easy solution to this one, and I'll battle it out with them.

BIG MOE: Yes. Please don't get me into it.

VAN SUSTEREN: OK, let me ask you, the day of her funeral, you had the difficult job of going to the medical examiner's office.

BIG MOE: Yes. I was — I had to be there quite early in the morning, like, probably around 4:00 in the morning, 4:30. And I took that long ride with her. And I still get little chills with it because, you know, she meant a lot to me. She was like a sister to me, of course. And it was rough. You know, I didn't sleep at all, at all that whole day and night prior. And like I said, I was up — I stayed up late trying to listen to hear some positive things going on with this. And nothing positive really happened. The only good positive thing to happen, in my eyes, was I took her home where she wanted to be, home next to her son.

VAN SUSTEREN: So you took her from the medical examiner to Miami.

BIG MOE: I escorted her. Like I escorted her in life, I escorted her in death.

VAN SUSTEREN: And took her from Miami to the Bahamas.

BIG MOE: And from Miami, we had a long parade of — of police cars going- well, actually, it was from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami International Airport. And then we flew from the airport of Miami to the Bahamas. And then we took a little parade of police cars and the whole entourage to where she — you know, went to the church, which we was held up for a while. I didn't know. Me and the driver of the hearse didn't know why. Then I find out later why. And it's all because everyone is bickering on where she should be...

VAN SUSTEREN: They sure are bickering. Boy, they sure — everyone sure is bickering. It's like...


VAN SUSTEREN: You were a pallbearer. Ron Rale was a pallbearer.


VAN SUSTEREN: And who were the others?

BIG MOE: The others were close friends of Anna. Another one was another — two of them was two ex-bodyguards of hers. Another one was the guy that used to shoot film for her through "The Anna Nicole Show." And Ron Rale. Actually, we was expecting another — someone else to — that was — that was supposed to be for one of the other parties. Virgie was supposed to have someone to be a pallbearer, but she didn't — that person didn't make it, so Ron Rale stepped in.

VAN SUSTEREN: It's interesting how close she was to many of the people who protected her, her bodyguards, I mean, that that was sort of the select group.

BIG MOE: Well, you know what? We didn't want anything from her. I mean, you know, especially me. When I was with Anna, especially the last six months, I didn't ask for one dime from her because, you know, I cared about her. I cared about...

VAN SUSTEREN: She was your friend. I know. She became a friend of yours.

BIG MOE: Yes. I cared about her, and I cared about her son. And I cared tremendously about Dannielynn because that's just a part of her that's just not here. But when I see Dannielynn — and I saw her after the burial. She's a beautiful, bright young lady. If she had any idea what was going on, I mean, she'd be sick in the stomach.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there a word that sort of sticks in your mind about Anna Nicole?

BIG MOE: Beauty. Motherly. She's a bright — anyone that knew her, anyone that actually really knew her, or even got autographs from her, would tell you that she's always — she always tried to make everyone happy around her. And she was the kind of person that didn't enemies. She didn't like people that did not like her. I'm sure a lot of people are like that, but see, a lot of people, when they have somebody they don't like, and they say, Oh, they'll get over it, but Anna took it a little more personal.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, maybe we can — maybe for Anna's sake, maybe this stuff can resolve quickly because it's got to end. It's...

BIG MOE: This definitely has to end.

VAN SUSTEREN: Big Moe, thank you very much. I know it was difficult for you. Thank you for joining us.

BIG MOE: Oh, thank you for having me.


BIG MOE: All right.

VAN SUSTEREN: You're OK, right?

BIG MOE: Yes, well...

VAN SUSTEREN: I know this is hard on you.

BIG MOE: We just have to, you know, just let Anna rest in peace.


BIG MOE: She's a mother. You know, she's gone home to her son. But we have to just let her legacy go on.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Thank you, Moe.

BIG MOE: No problem.

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