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Unread Feb 8th, 2007, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anna Nicole Smith dies at 39

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Anna Nicole Smith, the voluptuous former Playboy centerfold who married an octogenarian billionaire and waged a legal battle for his fortune all the way to the Supreme Court, died Thursday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39.

The blond bombshell — who recently became tabloid fodder all over again after the sudden, apparently drug-related death of her 20-year-old son — was stricken while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and was rushed to a hospital.

Edwina Johnson, chief investigator of the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office, said the cause of death was under investigation and an autopsy would be done on Friday.

A private nurse called 911 after finding Smith unresponsive in her sixth-floor room, said Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger. He said Smith's bodyguard administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation about an hour before she was declared dead.

Through the '90s and into the new century, Smith was famous for being famous, a pop-culture punchline because of her up-and-down weight, her exaggerated curves, her little-girl voice, her ditzy-blonde persona, and her over-the-top revealing outfits.

The curvaceous Texas-born Smith was a topless dancer at strip club before she entered her photos in a search contest and made the cover of Playboy magazine in 1992, captivating readers with her Marilyn Monroe looks. She became Playboy's playmate of the year in 1993.

She was also signed to a contract with Guess jeans, appearing in TV commercials, billboards and magazine ads.

In 1994, she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, the head of oil-based Koch Industries, which is part of a family fortune worth at least $400 million. He died in 1995 at age 90, setting off a feud with her former stepson, E. Pierce Marshall, over whether she had a right to his estate.

A federal court in California awarded Smith $474 million. That was later overturned. But in May, the U.S. Supreme Court revived her case, ruling that she deserved another day in court in her battle with her former stepson.

The stepson died June 20 at age 67. But the family said the court fight would continue.

More recently, Smith's ballooning figure and up-and-down weight became a subject of public fascination. But she lost a reported 69 pounds and became a spokeswoman for TrimSpa, a weight-loss supplement.

She starred in her own reality TV series, "The Anna Nicole Show," in 2002-04. Cameras followed her around as she sparred with her lawyer, hung out with her personal assistant and interior decorator, and cooed at her poodle, Sugar Pie. She also appeared in movies, performing a bit part in "The Hudsucker Proxy" in 1994.

After news came of Smith's death, G. Eric Brunstad Jr., the lawyer who represented Marshall, said in a statement: "We're very shocked by the news and extend the deepest condolences to her family."

Smith's son, Daniel Smith, died Sept. 10 in his mother's hospital room in the Bahamas, just days after she gave birth to a daughter.

An American medical examiner hired by the family, Cyril Wecht, said he had methadone and two antidepressants in his system when he died. Low levels of the three drugs interacted to cause an accidental death, Wecht said. Last month, a Bahamas magistrate scheduled a formal inquiry into the death for March 27.

Meanwhile, the paternity of her now 5-month-old daughter remained a matter of dispute. The birth certificate lists Dannielynn's father as attorney Howard K. Stern, Smith's most recent companion. Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead was waging a legal challenge, saying he was the father.

Debra Opri, the attorney who filed his paternity suit, said Birkhead "is devastated. He is inconsolable, and we are taking steps now to protect the DNA testing of the child. The child is our number one priority."

She was born Vickie Lynn Hogan on Nov. 28, 1967, in Houston, one of six children of Donald Eugene and Virgie Hart Hogan. She married Bill Smith in 1985, giving birth to Daniel before divorcing two years later.

"From my professional exposure to Anna Nicole, I can say she was always personable, down to earth and driven. All in all, a joy to have as a client," said Wayne Munroe, her Bahamian lawyer who has overseen the aftermath of her son's mysterious death in Nassau.

-> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070208/...a_nicole_smith

Damn this was a big surprise. I just found out like 5 minutes ago. Very sad

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Yeah its sad. Her son died back in June and she had a baby recently. Poor baby, won't even get to know her own mother
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^ Agreed, i just hope this isn't going to turn into a Marilyn Monroe conspiracy.
I was thinking the same thing while working out today. What age did Marilyn Monroe die at?

oh well, I really won't lose sleep over this.
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^ Agreed, i just hope this isn't going to turn into a Marilyn Monroe conspiracy.

got nothing to say on the thread really, but just wanted to say real sweet avatar
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very sad news indeed!

Was the death drug related or maybe suicide??
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I personally wasn't a fan of her. Something about her personality was too flaky, however her death is rather tragic considering the recent loss of her son along with her being a new mother.

Poor kid.
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very sad news indeed!

Was the death drug related or maybe suicide??
They are going to do an autopsy tomorrow so we'll find out.
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Sad but I have to say I will never again contemplate taking Trim Spa.
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I personally wasn't a fan of her. Something about her personality was too flaky, however her death is rather tragic considering the recent loss of her son along with her being a new mother.

Poor kid.
I agree with that, I personnaly did not like her that much.
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this is very wierd... i too didn't like her too much after her show made her look really really bad... i never saw her playboy issues either so i don't have an attatchment to her. it's just odd timing. no one suddenly dies. abuse was involved somewhere. only a few days ago i heard peopel are suing trim spa because it doesn't work. maybe her death is in some way a reaction to that?

or maybe it's meant as a distraction to the american people (who you know will be talking about this for weeks).. where as the real news is 'violence in jerusalem' http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6346093.stm which i fear is jsut another event triggering doomsday (and they've started on the doomsday vault http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6335899.stm)

but yeah, i was imagining what someone will eventully tell anna nicole's daughter about her mother.. that's gotta be interesting
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It has to be drug related. If you ever saw her interviews she looked as though she was on some crazy drugs.
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I'm going to say that drugs probably contributed to her in some way.... but honestly... it probably has more to do with the fact that she probably didn't want to live anyway....
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This was a real shock when I first heard it...it was so sudden
I can't help but wonder what's gonna happen to her daughter? Is she going to inherit her fortune?
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I think the amount of coverage this got was absolutely ridiculous. I come home from school and I turn on MSNBC to watch Tucker and instead they have breaking news coverage of her death. I flip to CNN, live coverage, CNN2, live coverage, Fox news, local news, every single god damn channel was breaking live news stories about her death. It was like the president died or something. I didn't even know who she was.
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I think the amount of coverage this got was absolutely ridiculous. I come home from school and I turn on MSNBC to watch Tucker and instead they have breaking news coverage of her death. I flip to CNN, live coverage, CNN2, live coverage, Fox news, local news, every single god damn channel was breaking live news stories about her death. It was like the president died or something. I didn't even know who she was.
We didn't get alot of coverage here. She was on the news like near the end for 1 or 2 minutes. Well it's the US, what do you expect
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yeah..that was a bit sudden. rip.
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hmm there is a lot of inadvertent US dissing in this thread...

[edit: in general, not referring to your comment, Abacus]
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I thought she was hot, either way though there was something about her personality that turned me off.

It's sorta creepy though, I had a dream Carmen Electra died in a car accident a couple weeks ago. More than likely coincidence, I hope.
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hmm there is a lot of inadvertent US dissing in this thread...

[edit: in general, not referring to your comment, Abacus]
Yeah, not sure what that is about. Apparently we are the evil empire
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Yeah, not sure what that is about. Apparently we are the evil empire
In the eyes of some others we seem to be, yes.

Frankly, I could bash any country in the world for 'it's' problems and choices. If I got to know any single person, I could point out their flaws just as easily.

Atleast were a hell of a lot better than some countries out there, and in general we only mean to help. But if only we helped by putting those billions of military dollars somewhere, I don't know, useful.


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On topic, I honestly don't care about ANS. She (from what I know) made some poor choices, which in the end probably caught up with her.

Same thing happens to us all when poor choices are made. I do feel bad for her child, however, but maybe she'll learn from her Mother's mistakes.
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