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Anna Nicole Smith

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2/8/2007 11:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Former Playboy Playmate and TRIMSPA spokesperson Anna Nicole Smith died Thursday afternoon after she was discovered unconscious in her hotel room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. She was 39. 

Cops say Smith's private nurse called a hotel operator at 1:38 PM EST. Before paramedics arrived on scene, Smith's bodyguard performed CPR. One of the first paramedics to arrive claimed that she was dead when he got there. Smith was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

The following is a detailed timeline of how today's shocking events unfolded.


Anna Nicole Smith

Anna's Sister: Family is "Saddened and Heartbroken"

[7:43pm] Anna Nicole Smith's sister, Donna Hogan, has released this statement about the passing of Anna Nicole:[7:43pm] Anna Nicole Smith's sister, Donna Hogan, has released this statement about the passing of Anna Nicole: 


"On behalf of the Hogan Family, 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.

She became an international star and she was a good mother to Daniel; there is no doubt that her son loved her. They lived out of each other's pockets while he was alive and now they can finally be together again in Heaven.

We feel that the death of her son left her deeply saddened, a sadness she hid from everyone. As a mother of three children, I am anguished by this tragic event and the fact that her new baby daughter Dannielynn Hope is now without a mother."

Click here to listen to an MP3 of the statement.


Anna's Cousin: Family Worried About the Baby

[7:13pm] Barely able to maintain her composure, Anna Nicole Smith 's first cousin, Theresa Harrison, gave an exclusive statement to TMZ about her family's reaction to Anna's death.

"I have spoken with Anna's mom and aunt, and we are very worried about her baby. We hope that she has a better chance at life than her mom did. Anna had a very rough life."

Howard K. Stern and Anna Nicole Smith
Bahama Law: Howard Is Baby's Legal Guardian

[6:26pm] With the sudden death of Anna Nicole Smith, Howard K. Stern has already assumed the title of "legal guardian" of Anna Nicole Smith's 5-month-old daughter Danielynn, according to the laws of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

The law states, "On the death of the mother of a child, the father, if surviving, shall, subject to the provision of this Act, be guardian of the child, either alone or jointly with any guardian appointed by the mother. "

Smith named Stern as the father on Danielynn's Bahamian birth certificate. Stern, who appeared on "Larry King Live" and proclaimed that he was the father, is in a war of words with Larry Birkhead, Anna Nicole's former boyfriend who claims he's the daddy. Birkhead has filed legal papers in Los Angeles, asking a judge to order a paternity test.

Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern's birth certificate
 

Memorial Regional HospitalAnna's Body Moved to Hospital VIP Area

[6:01pm] Sources inside Memorial Regional tell TMZ that Anna Nicole's body has been moved to a VIP section of the hospital, which is off-limits to everyone except for key hospital personnel and requires special keycards for entry.

A death certificate will be filed within 24 hours.


Anna's Body Moved

[5:04pm] Sources inside Memorial Regional tell TMZ that Anna Nicole's body has been moved to a VIP section of the hospital, which is off-limits to everyone except for key hospital personnel and requires special keycards for entry.

A death certificate will be filed within 24 hours.


Witness: Anna Already Dead en Route to Hospital

[4:56pm] A casino witness says that Anna Nicole's body was already covered when she arrived at Memorial Hospital, according to a report on CNN.


Cops -- Bodyguard Administered CPR

[4:37pm] According to Seminole, Florida Police Chief Charlie Tiger, Anna's bodyguard administered CPR before paramedics arrived.

Tiger also said that Anna's private nurse was with Anna at the hotel. He did not know why a nurse was with her.


Did Anna's Mom See This Coming?

[4:36pm] In October 2006, Anna Nicole Smith's mom, Virgie Arthur, told Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News that after the death of Anna's son, Daniel, she was concerned that Howard K. Stern was the one in line to inherit Anna's millions. 

"If Howard Stern marries her and she ends up dead, then who does the money go [to]? Danny's not there," Arthur said.
 

Larry BirkheadBirkhead's Attorney: He is Not OK

[4:36pm] TMZ briefly contacted the attorney of Larry Birkhead, the man who says he is the father of Anna Nicole's baby. All she would say is that Larry "is not OK."

Daniel Smith and Anna Nicole Smith


Investigation into Daniel's Death Will Continue

[4:29pm] In a statement to TMZ, the Chief Magistrate of the Bahamas,Roger Gomez, says "I am very sorry to hear of Anna's death. Our condolences go out to her family. The inquiry into the death of her son Daniel well still go on, even though she was a very important witness. 


Guess Jeans -- "She didn't survive the loss of Daniel"

[6:52pm] Guess Jeans founder Paul Marciano, who employed Anna as a model in the 90s, has issued the following statement: "This is a very tragic and sad day. Personally I feel she did not survive the loss of her son Daniel, who was the love of her life."

Anna Nicoel Smith's Guess Campaign 

Family Law Attorney: Anna's 1st Husband Could Sue

[6:31pm] TMZ spoke to a prominent family law attorney who says now that Anna Nicole has died, it's technically possible for Billy Smith, the father of Anna Nicole's late son Daniel, to sue Anna's estate for wrongful death.

A source in the Bahamas coroner's office has said a witness will testify that Howard K. Stern, Anna's companion and lawyer, allegedly gave Daniel methadone. At the time of his death, Daniel had a combination of seven drugs in his system, including multiple anti-depressants and methadone.

The coroner has stated they will conduct a formal inquest into Daniel's death.


Attorney: She Had "Flu-Like" Symptoms This Week

[5:58pm] Attorney Ron Rale says Anna had been under the weather with "flu-like symptoms" the past week and she "showed signs of a fever" last night. According to Rale, Anna's lawyer-turned-partner Howard K.Stern is at the Miami hospital now and is overwhelmingly distraught.


Attorney Says DNA to be Discussed in Court Friday

[5:49pm] Attorney Ron Rale, who had been representing Anna Nicole in her paternity battle with Larry Birkhead, tells TMZ there will be a court hearing tomorrow. He says he was contacted by reps for Larry Birkhead and they will go to court to discuss the matter of DNA testing.

Larry Birkhead's attorney also confirms that the emergency court hearing is set for tomorrow morning in Los Angeles.


TRIMSPA -- "We pray that she is granted peace"

[5:48pm] TRIMSPA has released the following statement regarding Anna Nicole's death: "Today, Anna Nicole Smith's grief stricken and tumultuous personal life came to an end. Anna came to our Company as a customer, but she departs it as a friend. While life for Anna Nicole was not easy these past few months, she held dear her husband, Howard K. Stern, her daughter, Dannielynn Hope, her most cherished friends, beloved dogs, and finally, her work with TRIMSPA. Anna knew both the joy of giving life, and the heartache of losing a child. We pray that she is granted the peace that eluded her more recent days on earth, and that she finds comfort in the presence of her son, Daniel."


Marshall Family Shocked by Anna's Death

[5:26pm] In a statement to the TV show "EXTRA," the family of J. Howard Marshall, Anna's late husband, said "Our family was shocked by the untimely death of Anna Nicole Smith. We wish to express our sympathies to her family in this difficult time. We understand that many of you will be asking questions concerning the ongoing litigation with Anna. Out of respect to her friends and family we will reserve comment on the litigation at this time."


Paramedic: Anna Was Not Alive When I Got to the Room

[5:24pm] NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miami did an on air interview with a Hollywood, Florida paramedic who was one of the first to arrive at Anna's hotel room after she was found unresponsive. The paramedic said she was not alive when he got to the room. Click here for audio.


Anna Autopsy to Take Place Tomorrow

[5:23pm] TMZ has spoken with Chief Coroner Johnson of the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office who tells us that an autopsy on Anna Nicole Smith will take place early tomorrow morning. Her body is now in their Ft. Lauderdale office.
 

Anna Nicole SmithHugh Hefner "Saddened" by Anna's Death

[5:20pm] TMZ received a statement from Playboy founder Hugh Hefner:

"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. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and loved ones during this difficult time."

Hefner famously purchased the Westwood crypt where Marilyn Monroe is entombed. Monroe was the first Playboy Playmate. Anna was Playmate of the Year in 1993.


Anna's Publicist -- "I'm Sad, Not Shocked"

[4:32pm] David Granoff, Anna's former publicist, told MSNBC that he was "sad, but not shocked" by Anna's death. He added that there was "Just no spark in her anymore."


Screenwriter on Anna: "It's Not a Surprise"

[4:55pm] Bill Stroum, who co-wrote two movies that Anna Nicole Smith starred in during the 1990s ("To the Limit" and "Detour"), tells TMZ, "I am shocked, but it is not a surprise. I thought she would have died 10 years ago."


E! Releases Statement on Anna Nicole

[4:44pm] E! Network just released this statement on the death of Anna Nicole Smith: 
"E! Networks is deeply saddened by the tragic news of Anna Nicole Smith's death. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones." 

Anna's reality show, "The Anna Nicole Show," aired on E! from 2002-2004.


Anna's Daughter is in the Bahamas

[4:18pm] People.com is reporting that Anna's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn Hope, was not with her at the time. Sources tell the magazine that she is being cared for in the Bahamas by the mother of Shane Gibson, a high-ranking Bahamian official who is a close friend of Smith's. 

TMZ has also learned that the hotel room that Anna was occupying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will be sealed off as a part of the investigation.


Cops to Weigh in on Anna Nicole

[4:10pm] TMZ has learned that the Seminole Police Department will participate in a press conference at the Hard Rock Hotel at 4:30 PM EST.


Medical Examiner to Pick Up Anna's Body

[4:08pm] TMZ has learned that the Broward County Medical Examiner has been dispatched to the hospital to retrieve the body of Anna Nicole Smith.


Anna Nicole Smith is Dead

[2:55pm] Anna Nicole Smith has died, this according to her attorney Ron Rale. She was 39.

Desperate attempts to save her life were made by paramedics en route to Memorial Regional Hospital. Smith did not survive, despite receiving CPR and emergency intubation to facilitate her breathing.

Smith was found unconscious in her hotel room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Anna had been transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood just after 2:00 PM EST and died around 3:45 PM EST.

WFOR-TV in Miami reports that Anna was found unresponsive in her hotel room. Local streets were closed off to rush Smith to the hospital, three miles away. Paramedics were seen pumping her chest as she was taken from the hotel. 

0208_anna_nicole_new.jpgAnna had been hospitalized for a week last November with pneumonia. Daughter Dannielynn, subject of an ongoing DNA test battle, was born on September 7. Her son Daniel died of a drug overdose on September 10. People magazine is reporting that Dannielynn is in the Bahamas.

Anna was a frequent guest of the Hard Rock. Just one month ago, a playful Anna was caught showing off new body art to Hulk Hogan during a boxing match.


 

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GEORGE VREELAND HILL    

Anna Nicole was too young to die.
Her pain is now gone.
Join the free Yahoo group for Anna Nicole Smith.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/annanicolesmith

George Vreeland Hill

2720 days ago
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Bob Magner    

Wow! I would like to say that in my opinion that Anna Nicole Smith was a very smart women,,,who had some people surrounding her that were not looking out for HER best interest.

What does the future hold??? I bet...that Dannilynn's father is non other than Marshall Smith! That would rock,,,Anna is smart....oh folks I am not the dad ...hmm I think.

2720 days ago
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Jennifer McNicholas    

Why are all these men coming forward claiming to have fathered Anna's daughter.She was born 5 months ago and if it were my child I would of came forward the day of the childs birth.Why did they all wait until Anna passed to come forward with these claims of fathering Dannilyn? I think money is the motive.Why didn't they approach Anna why she was alive regarding paternity?????????????

2720 days ago
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Allyson    

This is such an amazing story-what a great case to crack for people in Law school! Honestly though, I feel for her her obviously close friend and lover Howard K. Stern, his family, her close friends, and her baby girl. I pray that in the end the baby is raised by the right person and constantly told how much her mom loved her-I honestly think Howard K. Stern would be the perfect person to raise her, he was there when she was born, he's been with Anna for 12 years-he obviously loved her, and he helped raise Daniel. Howard knew everything about her and you can tell all he wanted to do was make her happy. He was always there for her and I think that the poor guy is such a mess without her. He knew what she loved and what she wanted. She wanted to be burried next to her son, she wanted Howard to be the father of her baby, and she wants them to be happy-it was so obvious that is what she wanted by all of her latest interviews. You can tell Howard loved her b/s he is mourning. Have you seen her mom or Larry mourn yet, even cry? All they talk about is the baby, b/c they want the money. Larry is such a kook anyway-looking for cash, broke ass photograpgher. She needs to be laid to rest they way she wanted-listen to Howard-he knows what she wanted. I hope that Howard and the baby can live safely and happliy together b/c you know that he will remind little Dannielynn of her lovely mother! I wish them the best of luck. Anna hopefully you and Daniel can rest in peace and know that Howard and your baby are safe.

2720 days ago
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sad about it all    

everyone should b ashamed no matter what u think she was a person and is now gone she still has family(daughter) that will one day see this. and to every little girl they admire and wanna be like thier mom.anna had some good in her heart and everyone needs to back off. remember we all live in a glass house so watch those stones u cast.

2720 days ago
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sad about it all    

THINK ABOUT THIS---- EVERYONE WILL DIE!!!!!!! ---- WE WILL ALL PAY FOR BAD WE DO ON EARTH. DO YOU WANT TO STAND BEFORE GOD AND BE FACED WITH THE THINGS YOU HAVE ALL RUDELY SAID ABOUT ONE OF HIS DEAD CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2720 days ago
7.

sad about it all    

U KNOW FOR EVERYONE TO HATE HER SO BAD U ALL KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT HER. IF I DON'T LIKE SOMEONE I DO NOT WASTE MY TIME ON THEM SO APPARENTLY THE ONLY NASTY TRAILOR TRASH FREAK SLUT WHORES AND ASSHOLES ARE ALL U BAD MOUTH HATEFUL JERKS WHO SIT AND BLOG/RESEARCH PEOPLE U DO NOT LIKE -----------------------------------------------------------------------------U R THE FREAKS NOT HER-----------------------------------

2720 days ago
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Julie G    

well i think its deeply sad that her life hasn't exactly been an easy ride, she had to fight to get where she was at and she was a beautiful person who was kind hearted. I feel that some of these comments are harsh are you's so perfect yourself? ask yourselfs that, you shouldn't mock the dead for that is bad manners and showing your rather imature and stupid in a round about way.

RIP Anna Nicole Smith xx

2720 days ago
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joanna Centofanti    

WHERE WAS THE NURSE THEY SAY WHEN THE BODY GUARD FOUND HER SHE WAS UNRESPONSIVE WHERE WAS HOWARD OUT FETCHING THE METHADONE THAT HE TO HAD BECOME ADDICTED TO THAT LITTLE JEW MAN ENABLED HER TO DEATH IF SHE WAS SO SICK WHY LEAVE HER ALONE GEE I WONDER HOW MUCH THEY GOT PAID TO TURN THEIR BACK ON ANNA WHO AND WHERE IS THIS NURSE ANNA HAD HER PROBLEMS IN ALL SHE WAS A KIND SOUL I AM SURE SHE WOULDNT HAVE LEFT ANYONES SIDE IF SHE LOVED THEM REST IN PEACE ANNAXOXOXO

2720 days ago
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Liz    

First of all: If you are that sick or someone noticed you had an extremely high fever---get to the hospital!!!DUH!!
And second --quit arguing over where to be buried. Do like she did before-get creamated and divide the ashes. Make everyone happy. It may sound crude-but it could be an answer.

2720 days ago
11.

lala    

hope you are together with your son. and u and him are watching over dannylynn. keep her safe. rest in peace anna nicole smith.

2720 days ago
12.

shirliana    

FIRST OF ALL.. YOU ALL HAVE NOTHING TO SAY WITH YOUR MOUTHS.. IF HER OWN MOTHER BEAT THE SHIT OUT HER SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD I REALLY DO HOPE THAT SHE WILL LAY IN PEACE IN PEACE IN NASSAU. AND SECOND OF ALL, WERE WAS LARRY BIRKHEAD, THE JACKASS WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT IN THE BAHAMAS FOR HER DELIVERY??????? OR zaza gABOR SO CALLED SON AS WELL... fIRST OF ALL, YOU GUYS ARE NOT AWARE OF ALL THE PROBLEMS SHE HAD TO FACE WITH HER ** EVIL ** MOTHER WHEN INTERVIEWD BY ET??? HOW THE HELL WITH THE MOTHER WOULD WANT TO HAVE CUSTODY OF THIS CHILD AND LARRRY BIRKHEAD AS WELL WHEN THEY WERE NEVER AROUND HER DURING HER PROBLEMS EXCEPT HOWARD STERN WHO WAS ALWAYS AT HER SIDE... SO ALL OF YOU, SHUT YOUR MOUTHS AND GET A LIFE OF YOUR OWN....ALL OF THIS IS JUST HER MONEY..... MONEY.. MONEY... MONEY... THAT'S IT,,,BUT GOD IS UP THERE AND HE WILL SEE FOR HIMSELF WHO WILL GO TO HELL FOR THAT...SPECIALLY THE EVIL MOTHER ( HER OWN MOTHER)... THAT'S WHY SHE SAID SHE WILL ** NEVER ALLOW TO SEE HER DAUGHTER OR TOUCH HER DAUGHTER BECAUSE SHE WAS BITTEN AND WHIPPED BY HER OWN MOTHER AND SHE HAD TO MOVE ON AT THE AGE OF 15 TO GET AWAY FROM THAT EVIL WITCH. THE ONLY THING I HOPE FOR AND I AM PRAYING GOD HEAVILY FOR THAT ** HOWARD STERN*** GETS COMPLETE CUSTODY OF THIS CHILD AS HE WAS ALWAYS WITH HER THRU GOOD AND BAD TIMES... AND ** NOBODY ELSE **. SO BIRKHEAD..GET A LIFE AND DO NOT LOOK FOR MONEY.. GET A JOB... FLIP BURGERS....WITH THE MOTHER AS WELL..

2720 days ago
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~*LiveWire*~    

Again... Where was the Nurse? No one knows? Odd.
And why did Howard leave her with such a high fever? Didn't wanna witness her death? (As*hole)
No, he should not get Danielynn, hell no. He'll do it to her too. He is showing no remorse, whatsoever, you don't see this? Come on. ET on the plane ride home with him? Ha, gimme a break! Cha Ching! Selling pics of Anna and of baby already??? COME ON!
And, yes, she should be buried next to her son, she, she did buy the plot next to him, right? Hmm makes sense.
Her mom should go back to the cave she crawled out of! (And family)
People out there, that are defending Howard.. you should get the facts before you defend this criminal, baby will be in danger in his care, maybe not now, but who knows, 10 yrs from now? Then what?
I've watched that as*hole with Anna even before her show on VH1... He's slime. (Where's Kimmy Btw?)
And "Hello" to Homegirl! (Um, do I know you?) :o) Love your inputs... Kudos!
Now, where was the nurse? And where is she now? Anyone?

2720 days ago
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Mary L Johnson    

Why didn't Birkhead give ANS time to grieve her dead son before he started making claims of being the babies daddy. How is he better then Stern, ANS didn't want anything to do with him. He could have done all the legal stuff after ANS had time to greive. I believe he contributed to her death, stress and grief. And as to HKS taking advantage of her, she had enough sense not to legally marry him although I think if she could have foreseen whats going down now she would have made it legal. The only thing the judge needs to do is look at TV and see ANS hated her mother. Anna was so pretty as a child I'm thinking maybe one of her mothers boy friends may even have molested Anna and she didn't want to say it on TV ,I had a feeling she was working up to that. ANS did drugs but she was covering up the pain. Everyone wanted something from her incuding Birkhead.

2720 days ago
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barbara    

ANS WAS NOTHING OTHER THAN A PROSTITUTE.....AND IF IT WEREN'T HER DEATH BEING INVESTIGATED THE AUTHORITIES WOULD ORDER HER DEATH AS N.H.I....MEANING NO HUMAN INVOLVED....WHY SHOULD SHE BE ANY DIFFERENT THAN ANY OF THE OTHER WOMEN WHO SELL THEIR BODIES NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE PROSTITUTES OUT THERE ON THE STREETS WHY SHOULD THEY CARE ABOUT ANS.......HARSH BUT TRUE AND YOU ALL KNOW IT.........YOU ACT LIKE YOU KINEW HER PERSONALLY AND SHE BLESSED YOUR LIFE....DOING WHAT?????? CAN YOU SEE THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD ACTUALLY SAYING "OH ANNA, I JUST LOVE WHAT YOU DID WITH YOUR LIFE, IT HAS REALLY HELPED ME LIVE MINE.....NOT!!!!!NOTHING BUT A PORNO STAR....POSING NUDE IS PORNOGRAPHY...WAKE UP PEOPLE...WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER PROSTITUTES AND PORN STARS IN THE WORLD...I GUESS THEY HAVE BLESSED EVERYONE'S LIVES TOO

2720 days ago
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