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Anna Nicole Smith

is Dead

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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31.

janice    

If all the people who are fighting over the estate would have cared for her...she and her son would be alive......They could have fought her as hard as these people are fighting in the court room.

2711 days ago
32.

TREE TREE    

Okay here is my attempt at a time line
Please add to it or correct and POST where need be

11:30am Stern Left Anna sleeping and if we believe Bonnie Stern that Howard's gone for 2 hours then 11:30am is the approximate time he left Anna sleeping

At the Yacht , Stern received a call from the nurse. About 1:00pm-1:15 according to what the yacht dealer told Greta`s On the record The drive back to Anna according to Access Holiwood reporter Potts who drove it is approx 20 minutes

1:38pm The Seminole, Fla., police chief told reporters in a Thursday afternoon news conference that a private nurse employed by Smith made a 911 call at 1:38 p.m. EST

1:42pm - 911 call to Hollywood Fire & Rescue from Seminole PD


1:45pm Bodyguard Administered CPR to Anna

1:48pm - Emergency medical personnel arrived at the hotel around 1:48 p.m., six minutes after the emergency call was made . A paramedic with the Hollywood Fire Rescue Department told WTVJ-TV that Ms. Smith was not breathing when he and other rescue workers arrived in her suite, and that they had tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to restore her heartbeat.
"There was just no way of knowing how long she'd been down before she was discovered," the paramedic, Capt. Dan Fitzgerald, told the television station. He said Ms. Smith's companion, Howard K. Stern, was in the room when the rescue team arrived and had provided her medical history.

2:49pm- She was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital

I DO NOT GET THIS!! Howard got the called and drove the 20 mins and WAS there IN THE ROOM BEFORE the Paramedics!!!!!!!!! And who called Nanny Gibson telling her to get baby and get out of Horizions BEFORE SHE KNEW ABOUT ANNA?? Was this before the news of Anna collasping came out?? Who ever cleaned up that room had to know what to take AND what to leave!!!! I believe that is why they had to wait for HOWARD only he could do it right......And why is the nurse saying Anna`s jaw was messed up and she could not close it....was this rigor? Why did they make such a BIG deal out of the fact Anna was iced down?? Was she dead before H left? Howard`s 36 hrs in bed with cold sweets....was this withdraws?.......If Danielynn was in danger in the Bahamas so early on why did Bonnie first go to Howards hotel room...? Does Howie have a criminal attorney in Florida?? in the Bahamas??...what did he need to tell her that cold not of been done over the phone?? And what about the baby tranquilizers that was first mentioned?...Why are there all these phone calls going back and forth AND 911 WAS THE LAST CALL MADE TO SAVE HER??..Howard had a driver he could of easily made the call.....WHY DID HE NOT AT LEAST CALL 911 in that 20 mins??.. Something is so very wrong here!!!

2710 days ago
33.

michelle    

I feel realy bad about Anna's passing.I feel that she may have took her own life as a result of her death.She lost her son,which every woman that has children must know that loosing a child is the worst thing that can ever happen to a mother,and also not being to sure on who fathered your child and custudy battles all happening at the same time can be very overwhelming.No matter who you are or what you've done I feel that know one should judge Anna Nicole because of her life style.No one is perfect.I read the things people write about her but you all should examen yourselfs before you point fingers.You should give her family a little more respect.

2710 days ago
34.

statc    

my deepest symphaties of anna nicole smith family to Mr. stern and her daughter danielyn hope ...God Bless You Alway Have Tommorow

2710 days ago
35.

Jeannie    

Poor Anna, like Elvis they want let her rest in peace even in death,why can't people get off their stupid bandwagon and let them go,they were people just like ever one else not Gods.so why keep running them over,LET GO.

2710 days ago
36.

Tammy    

HAVE OUR POLITICAL, LEGAL AND ENTERTAINMENT WORLD INTERFERRED WITH OUR MORALS? My God, let this woman be laid to rest. Regardless of the celebrity she may or may not have been, she's still a human-being who loved her children. I'm sure she would have wanted to be laid to rest beside her son, Daniel. THIS IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL.

2710 days ago
37.

Steve Commiskey    

I am very confused, I beleive Howard Stern must have alternate motives, It seems so funny that he would be there at her side during the interview that was disclosed in court, He also himself , had all the legal knowledge to know that the clause in the will was something that no mother in the world would ever agree to.... and if he was her attorney, why would he ever allow her to add such a Clause , I think someone should look into the books of Howard Stern to see just how he did manage the funds of Anna Nicole. He stands , Most likely to benefit , if he has the daughter. He has all the makings of a crook and if he really cared for his partner as he said he should have Intervened........

2710 days ago
38.

robin    

what did Anna ever do to you?.......Jealous much

2710 days ago
39.

robin    

she's dead let her alone

2710 days ago
40.

JMc - WV    

I simply wish that Anna Nicole could rest in peace in Nassau with her beloved Daniel. Obviously in the last few months of her life she felt more comfotable in the beauty of the Bahamian island (I can't say that I blame her) and she should be in comfort now and for eternity. God bless your soul, Anna Nicole. Rest in peace, sweet angel.

2710 days ago
41.

Donna    

Where is Anna's mother's love for her? It was very obvious that Anna loved her son and she would want to be buried next to him. If she wanted the right thing for Anna she would let her be buried next to her son where she would want to be.

2710 days ago
42.

Helen Williams    

If Anna took drugs during her pregnancy, wouldn't that show up in the baby's blood, maybe that is why Howard Stern dosn't want the baby tested. Just wondering.

2710 days ago
43.

ANNE    

RIP.. ANNA , LET HER BE NEXT TO HER SON, AND IF SHE DIDN'T LOVE HOWARD HIS NAME WOULDN;T BE ON THE BC. ANNA KNEW WHAT SHE WAS DOING SHE KNEW HOWARD WOULD PROTECT THE BABY LIKE HER PROTECTED HER. GIVE HIM THE RESPECT HE DESERVES.. HE IS ALSO GRIEIVNG JST BECUASE HE'S A MAN DOESN;T MEAN HE DOESN'T HAVE A HEART. TAKE CARE OF DANIELYNN, HOWARD.

2709 days ago
44.

Trisha    

After reading all of the blogs here,I am so saddened that the world has forgotten how human & inperfect we all are...It is so easy to condemn ones behavior,when you have not walked in their shoes..Just remember,that this incident could of been you...Just a poor country girl,tryin to improve her life,made alot of mistakes along the way,but she made it! Unfortunately,it ended in a tragic way,only because the price you pay for fame can be deadly..Just ask me,been there,done that,but finally survived,because of close friends who cared,and helped me rise above to survive! My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Anna Nicole.
I pray that her daughter will not be dragged thru the mudd while all of this legal battle is happening,and thank god,she will be too young to know what really transpired regarding her mothers untimely demise. So wake up America!!!
This could happen to anyone of us if given the chance! Just be glad for what you have now,and cherish daily all the things that God has given you........

2709 days ago
45.

Patty    

Anna nicole loved howard and they had a child and all people can do is talk trash on the birth record it says Howard is the father so let him take care of the child he loves and stop talking trash about Anna so her baby can have a life with out the pain of not haveing her mom. The baby is going to have to hear that her mom was bad because she did drugs well sometime when bad things happens and that is how you can deal with the pain she did not take drug to hurt anyone she was in so much pain from her sons death so she delt with it the only way she could she did not have a good mom so she could not talk to her about it when she tryed her mom sold the story and that was so wrong and everone thinks it is easy to move forward after the death of a child well its not. she got to see him grow in to a man.my mom always said there is nothing worst then the losst of a child even the death of a parent could not be as bad then a child so just shut up and move on let the woman rest. Howard take care of your sweet angel and never let her forget her mom protect her from the bad andnever let herdown good luck

2709 days ago
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