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POSTED: 3:50 p.m. EST, February 8, 2007

(CNN) -- Reality TV star and former model Anna Nicole Smith is dead, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Smith, 39, collapsed at a south Florida hotel and was taken to a local hospital, according to news reports.

TMZ.com reported that Smith collapsed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood just after 2 p.m. ET.

According to reports, Smith was found unresponsive in her hotel room.

Smith is currently involved in paternity suit regarding the parentage of her daughter, Danielynn, as well as other disputes, including ones regarding a house she stayed at in the Bahamas around the time she gave birth.

Earlier this week, Smith was included in a class-action lawsuit against a company, TrimSpa, for which she has worked as a spokesperson. TrimSpa makes a product it claims leads to substantial weight loss. The lawsuit alleges the marketing of the product, TrimSpa X32, was false or misleading.

Smith's son, Daniel Wayne Smith, died at age 20 just days after the birth of Smith's daughter. Pathologist Cyril Wecht said a lethal dose of methadone and antidepressants caused cardiac dysrhythmia, leading to his death.

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Unbelievable....her son died just days after her daughter was born, her daughter not knowing who the daddy is...I cant' believe she died...this is very sad

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It is very sad - she is so young. when I first heard I didnt believe it, came here and saw nothing so I went to CNN and found it. Way to young, I am curious as to what it was. I am hoping for her sake it wasnt drug involved.

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Anna Nicole Smith dies after collapsing in hotel

POSTED: 4:11 p.m. EST, February 8, 2007

(CNN) -- Reality TV star and former model Anna Nicole Smith was pronounced dead Thursday after being taken to a Florida hospital, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Smith, 39, collapsed at a south Florida hotel, according to news reports.

"I can confirm that she is deceased. It's as shocking to me as to you guys," Smith's attorney, Ronald Rale, told Reuters. "I don't know anything further. [Her lawyer and husband] Howard [K. Stern], obviously, is speechless and grieving."

TMZ.com had reported that Smith collapsed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood just after 2 p.m. ET.

According to reports, Smith was found unresponsive in her hotel room.

Smith was involved in a paternity suit regarding the parentage of her daughter, Danielynn, as well as other disputes, including some regarding a house she stayed at in the Bahamas around the time she gave birth.

Earlier this week, Smith was included in a class-action lawsuit against a company, TrimSpa, for which she had worked as a spokesperson. TrimSpa makes a product it claims leads to substantial weight loss. The lawsuit alleges the marketing of the product, TrimSpa X32, was false or misleading.

Smith's son, Daniel Wayne Smith, died at age 20 just days after the birth of Smith's daughter. Pathologist Cyril Wecht said a lethal dose of methadone and antidepressants caused cardiac dysrhythmia, leading to his death.

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Very sad. And she has a baby. Very sad.

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Guess there is a lesson here, you can have it all and it still doesn't make life easy. This is truly very sad, hoping for her little girl that the old boyfriend is the true father of her child.

My prayers are with her family.

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I really can't say I'm shocked. The autopsy is key!

I am surprised that there has been no statement from her husband -- and former(?) attorney -- the so-far father of her daughter. Maybe tomorrow.

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Reality Star Anna Nicole Smith

by Suzette Laboy

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The up and down side of Anna Nicole Smith

HOLLYWOOD, Florida -- 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 on Thursday, February 8, after collapsing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. 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 hotel and rushed to a hospital. Broward County Medical Examiner's Office Chief Investigator Edwina Johnson said the cause of death was under investigation and an autopsy would be done.

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.

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Howard K. Stern and Anna Nicole Smith in happier times

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.

Her photos 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.

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J. Howard Marshall II with young wife, Anna Nicole Smith

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 on 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. TrimSpa issued a statement today expressing their condolences to her family in her untimely passing.

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.

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Her late son, Daniel Smith, holds his newborn sister,

Dannielynn, at the hospital bedside with their mother,

Anna Nicole Smith, before her own untimely passing

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 on September 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, Dannielynn, 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.

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Anna Nicole Smith

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 November 28, 1967, in Houston, Texas, 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.

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From CNN

Larry Birkhead, an entertainment reporter and photographer who has claimed to be Dannielynn's father, will be filing an emergency order to obtain DNA samples to determine paternity, his attorney, Debra Opri, told CNN's "Larry King Live."

Smith and Stern have both said that Stern is Dannielynn's father. Stern has said the couple planned to marry, but it was unclear whether they had. Rale said he would be in court to oppose the DNA order.

A hearing is set for 8:30 a.m.

"On the instructions of the experts, we had to move in for a DNA order tomorrow morning, and we're going in for that," Opri said. "We need the order ... Larry has to do what the doctors say, and I have to do what the doctors say."

On news of Smith's death, Opri said Birkhead was "inconsolable ... he has lost the mother of his child and he has lost a woman he loved very much."

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RIP

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Where was the baby at the time? Who has her now?

Why haven't we heard from Howard? Where was he?

Very sad. Very strange.

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http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/09/s...dies/index.html

Initial autopsy results: Smith death not foul play

HOLLYWOOD, Florida (CNN) -- Anna Nicole Smith did not appear to be a victim of foul play, according to preliminary results of an autopsy Friday.

The cause and manner of death were not determined, however, and the investigation remains open.

Dr. Joel A. Perper, chief medical examiner of Broward County, Florida, said there was no indication of blunt-force trauma, asphyxiation or other physical trauma.

Perper said his office is awaiting results of toxicological and other tests, but there were no drugs in her stomach.

"There are a number of possibilities," he said, including natural causes, a drug reaction or some combination of causes.

Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said no evidence suggests a crime occurred.

Tiger said no illegal drugs were found in Smith's hotel room. He said prescription drugs were found, but would not name them.

He said police were still analyzing surveillance tapes from the hotel, but so far had seen nothing unusual.

While the autopsy was taking place, a California judge ruled Smith's body must be preserved until at least February 20, when a hearing will be held to resolve a paternity dispute over the celebrity's 5-month-old daughter.

Superior Court Judge Robert Schneider's ruling came as new information surfaced about Smith's last days, during which she fell ill, according to sources.

It could take weeks for tests to determine what killed the 39-year-old reality TV star, Playboy playmate and former Guess jeans model. (Watch Smith's improbable journey through life )

"We don't have supermen or superwomen working in our office," Perper said.

Smith died Thursday at a South Florida hospital after being discovered unconscious in her hotel room.

Authorities investigating Smith's death retrieved a "large amount" of prescription medicine from her hotel room, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said. The sources did not characterize any of the drugs as illegal.

The prescription drugs were in the name of her lawyer and boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, and included Valium and antibiotics, a law enforcement source said. Over-the-counter drugs, including cold and flu medicines, also reportedly were found.

Smith checked into the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on Monday with Stern.

On Thursday, a private nurse found her charge in bed not breathing and called Smith's bodyguard, then Stern, a law enforcement source said. At 1:38 p.m., the nurse called the front office and hotel security called 911, Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said.

Before rescue workers arrived, Smith's bodyguard performed CPR on her, Tiger said. She was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where she was pronounced dead at 2:49 p.m. (Watch the police chief describe the rescue effort )

Late Thursday, police said the hotel room had been cleared, and authorities carried bags of evidence out of the building.

Smith's attorney, Ron Rale, told reporters his client had been suffering from flulike symptoms for the last couple of days. (Watch what might have led to Smith's death )

In an interview with The Associated Press, Rale said Smith had been sick for several days with a fever and was still depressed over the September death of her son, Daniel.

Meanwhile, "Entertainment Tonight's" Mark Steines, the last person to interview her, told CNN that Smith had to be placed in an ice bath Tuesday after her fever reached 105 degrees.

Her fever came down, Steines said, but on Wednesday she slipped and fell in the bathtub. When Stern and her nurse went to check on her, "she seemed a little bit out of it" but didn't appear to have suffered any significant injuries, Steines said.

"That led to yesterday," Steines said Friday, "when after taking a nap, I believe, she never came to and never woke up." (Watch how Smith told Steines she was still having nightmares about her son's death )

In a statement Thursday, Smith's sister, Donna Hogan, said: "We are saddened and heartbroken by my sister's death. No matter what our differences have been over the years, Anna was still our blood and she will be missed terribly.

"She was a woman who was determined to get out of her small town in Texas and make a name for herself."

Hogan went on to say that the death of Smith's son last year "left her deeply saddened, a sadness she hid from everyone." Dannielynn Hope "is now without a mother," Hogan wrote.

In September, Smith gave birth to Dannielynn Hope in the Bahamas. Her son, Daniel, was found dead in his mother's hospital room three days later.

A life of celebrity and tribulations

Smith was known as much for her sometimes-turbulent life off-camera as she was for her show-business endeavors. (Smith rose to fame after dropping out of school)

The former topless dancer in Houston, Texas, made her first appearance in Playboy in 1992, was named Playmate of the Year in 1993 and appeared in Guess jeans ads and movies.

In 2002, Smith launched a reality television program, "The Anna Nicole Show," on the E! Entertainment network. At one point, it was the network's highest-rated program.

She raised eyebrows in 1994 by marrying 89-year-old Texas oil magnate Howard Marshall II, who had an estate valued at $1.6 billion. He died the next year, and until her death Smith waged a legal battle over the inheritance that included a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. (Watch tributes to the former Playmate )

"It's way too early for me to even guess what's going to happen in terms of other claims on behalf of the child," said Rusty Hardin, a Houston attorney who represents the Marshall family.

Earlier this week, Smith was included in a class-action lawsuit against TrimSpa, a company for which she was a spokeswoman in commercials and ads touting her weight loss.

TrimSpa makes a product it claims leads to substantial weight loss. The lawsuit alleges the marketing of the product, TrimSpa X32, was false or misleading. (Full story)

In the paternity dispute over Dannielynn Hope, the judge declined to approve a motion requesting emergency DNA collection from Smith's body because DNA samples are routinely collected during autopsies.

Larry Birkhead, an entertainment reporter and photographer who has claimed to be the girl's father, filed an emergency order to obtain DNA samples to determine paternity, said his attorney, Debra Opri.

The judge ordered Smith's body -- which remains in Florida -- be preserved pending a February 20 hearing on a variety of issues, including when DNA samples will be collected from Dannielynn Hope, and when testing will be done to determine the identity of the girl's father.

Birkhead did not attend the Friday hearing because he was too upset about Smith's death, Opri said.

Asked why Smith's DNA was necessary in a paternity dispute, Opri responded, "We do not want a bait and switch of a child." She called it a "legitimate" concern.

Rale, who was in court to oppose the DNA order, called Opri's concerns nonsense.

Smith and Stern have both said that Stern is Dannielynn's father. Stern has said the couple planned to marry, but it was unclear whether they had.

CNN's KJ Matthews contributed to this report.

Copyright 2007 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Thanks for the links/text. That is some story. The makings of a soap opera of epic proportions!

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A few doctors in the hospital where I work have speculated that her death may well be related to her son's, and that they both might have had something called "long Q-T" syndrome---a heart condition that runs in families, where the victims have no history of heart disease but just suddenly collapse and die.

Creepy thought.

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well, we might never know for sure. It's just that we probably shouldn't assume drugs, if there are medical possibilities to explain it.

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It's hard not to assume drugs, when every time you see someone they appear to be stoned out of their minds. Her own mother said on GMA that she had OD'd several times, and her lawyer husband/boyfriend/whatever had got her to help in time. As for the son, I believe they already determined the cause of death, and it was drug related.

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Oh my -- just keeps growing and growing.

The owner of the Bahamian mansion only "loaned" it to Anna.

It was broken into over the weekend.

Howard says he knows who did it.

Coincidently or not, the landlord changed the locks over the weekend.

Items stolen, personal, both actual and from computer.

Now there's a photograph of Anna laying on a bed (clothed) with Bahamian official.

Cries of "special treatment" now return.

Body guard says he saved her from drowning only a short while ago.

Laying face-down in the swimming pool some time after Danny's death.

ETA: Later today, Howard's just as out-of-it in today's interview. Personally, I think that Anna brought him to this. He was always the straight one in the reality shows. Once that was gone ...

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Anybody see Larry King Live last night? He had on a woman who claims to have been Anna Nicole's best friend, and puts all the blame on Stern--in fact, some of the stuff she said was pretty slanderous. Then Stern's sister was on, defending him and saying that woman was NOT a close friend at all. And there were various lawyers, etc. Apparently, the police have been questioning Stern again about his role in the son's death, as well as Anna Nicole's.

Meanwhile, the big question that Larry King and others kept asking is that if Stern IS the baby's father why is he refusing to do a DNA test? Most people on the show seemed to think it's because Larry Birkhead (spelling??) is, in fact, the real father, and if Stern's DNA test proves he's not the father he'll lose control of a pile of money.

What a mess...

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OMG, This gets stranger by the Day! I just feel so sorry for that child, what chance does she have with people surrounding her, that care more about the money and who is right. Will the truth ever come out, this is going to be bruital before its over. Especially with lawyers and the courts ivolved.

So Sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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the more i hear and read the more the it seems that Larry is the father. Just do the test get it over. Larry King tonight header Anna Will???

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