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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Rest in Peace, Anna Nicole

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Anna Nicole Smith, the pneumatic blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale -- Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother -- died Thursday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39. She was stricken while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and was rushed to a hospital. Edwina Johnson, chief investigator for the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office, said the cause of death was under investigation and an autopsy would be done on Friday.

Just five months ago, Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel, died suddenly in the Bahamas in what was believed to be drug-related. Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said a private nurse called 911 after finding Smith unresponsive in her sixth-floor room at the hotel, which is on an Indian reservation. He said Smith's bodyguard administered CPR, but she was declared dead at a hospital. 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 Marilyn Monroe looks, her exaggerated curves, her little-girl voice, her ditzy-blonde persona, and her over-the-top revealing outfits. Recently, she lost a reported 69 pounds and became a spokeswoman for TrimSpa, a weight-loss supplement. On her reality show and other recent TV appearances, her speech was often slurred and she seemed out of it. Some critics said she seemed drugged-out. "Undoubtedly it will be found at the end of the day that drugs featured in her death as they did in the death of poor Daniel," said a former attorney for Smith in the Bahamas, Michael Scott. Another former Smith attorney, Lenard Leeds, told the celebrity gossip Web site TMZ that Smith "always had problems with her weight going up and down, and there's no question she used alcohol." Leeds said it was no secret that "she had a very troubled life" and had "so many, many problems." "She wanted to be like Marilyn her whole life and ironically died in a similar manner," Leeds said. Monroe died of a drug overdose at age 36 in 1962. Smith attorney Ron Rale told The Associated Press that he had talked to her on Tuesday or Wednesday, and she had flu symptoms and a fever and was still grieving over her son. "Poor Anna Nicole," he said. "She's been the underdog. She's been besieged ... and she's been trying her best and nobody should have to endure what she's endured." The 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. 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, owner of Great Northern Oil Co. In 1992, Forbes magazine estimated his wealth at $550 million. In a 2005 interview with ABC, Smith recalled meeting Marshall at what she called a "gentleman's club' in Houston. "He had no will to live and I went over to see him," she said. "He got a little twinkle in his eyes, and he asked me to dance for him. And I did." Marshall died in 1995 at age 90, setting off a feud with Smith's former stepson, E. Pierce Marshall, over 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. The stepson died June 20 at age 67. But the family said the court fight would continue. Smith 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." In a statement, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said: "I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally." Smith's son 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 died accidentally of a combination of methadone and two antidepressants. Last month, a Bahamas magistrate scheduled a formal inquiry into the death for March 27.


Blogger epgraves said...

Loss of a son. Add in Post Partem depression, praternity tests on top of all of that, media hounding, law suits... Heart attack, stroke or really in the end could you blame her for taking a few prescribed pills for the stress of all of this and maybe washing them down with some hooch...GOD KNOWS I WOULD! When you are out of your head with grief and everything else, you do things, take things, drink things.

Hell, I am going through a crisis right now and I would love some valium and gin! And would combine in a heart beat given my history with extreme anxiety attacks.

I say let's wait and see but really, why autopsy? She's gone, it doesn't matter... just one more pound of flesh for the papparatzzi. Gezz, they will run with this for months.

Anyway...Rest In Peace Anna Nicole.

10:10 PM

Blogger =^..^= Kitty =^..^= said...

Anything we can do to help with your crisis?????

8:44 AM

Blogger Brian said...

I really feel for Anna's daughter-- she will grow up having no idea who her mother really was. All she'll know about her Mom will be from film clips and reports from the media. She'll see videos from her Mom's show (portraying her as a druggy), and read all of the tabloid accounts of her tropywife, gold-digging days. How sad.

It's amazing what she went through in the past 6 months alone: she gave birth to her daughter and 2 days later her son died in front of her while visiting her in the hospital. She went through with her wedding plans the following month. Shortly afterwards, she lost her inheritance ($459 million) from her deceased husband's estate. A former boyfriend pubicly announced that he was the father of her baby and filed a lawsuit against her. A woman who tried the TrimSpa program that she was the spokesmodel for filed a lawsuit against her because she didn't lose weight on the program. The day before she died, the tabloids posted pictures of her along with a story accusing her of drinking and doing drugs while pregnant with her daughter. I'm sure that all of this was more than any one person could take. Rest in peace, Anna. It's probably the only peace you've ever known.

7:23 PM


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