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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] 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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2763 days ago

Cathy R    

Howard My thought and prayer are with u and danniellyn, Be straight . I Know Its hard but you have a long road ahead of u , and you need to be able to make good choices for your child as well as your self I will keep you and yours in my prayer Cathy R Mau ohio ps. I'm sure our lord has Anna their with him, and has forgiven Anna for all her bad choices

2763 days ago

patti feeney    

when she took the 1st pill she had forgotten how delicious they were and ate them until she died!

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2763 days ago

CB Keith    

It seems like everyone is forgetting one important thing: as yet, there is no money. There may never be any money, if the Marshall vultures have anything to do with it. I know that any money Daniel was to inherit might be there, with his death, the money would have gone to his mother. And with her death, it would go to DannieLynne. Unless the money held in trust for him was tied up in a way that it reverted back to the Marshall estate upon Daniel's death. I would really like to hear more about what is happening with the investigation into his death, and whether Anna and Howard had been able to drain his funds or not. I've heard speculation about it, but I don't see how they could have touched his inheritance. Anybody have any ideas or news on that? Anyhow, I guess DannieLynne looks like big bucks to someone, but whoever does get custody will be fighting in court for years to get Anna's half of the Marshall fortune secured for the little girl.

2763 days ago


I would like to say that I have watching the case concerning her burial. I believe that the mother does love her daughter but wants her buried in Texas for the wrong reasons. It sounds to me that Stern seemed obessed with Anna. I believe he did love her very much. He gaine more by keeping her alive so I do not think that he killed her. I do believe that she just took to many drugs to fast and her body could not keep up. We have to remember that she was very very depressed. She just lost her son and had a newborn. Can you imagine how you would feel? I feel that maybe they needed to bury h er in California where the stars are buried.

You can bet that its not over. Even after they bury her someone will want her exumed and move her. It will be forever before she gets peace.

2763 days ago


Anna Nicole made decisions that would follow her past the grave.
#1. She could not stand her mother and wanted her mother out of her and her childrens lives.
#2. Anna put Howard Stern on the birth certificate because, blood or not, she wanted Howard to be Dannielynns father - hence she knew that living in the Bahamas would ensure that.
Howard obviously loved Anna and Anna, at the very least, trusted Howard Stern with everything including her child.
Why can't Anna finally have the last say? Her mother needs to be where Anna kept her the past 10 years - out of the picture. Anna wanted Howard to be Dannielynn's father, period. So all these gold digging people enter the picture wanting to question Anna's wishes? I think not.
DNA or not Howard should remain the father. Anna needs to have the last word.

2763 days ago


My personal feelings are, she DID look very similar to Marilyn Monroe! Now, whether she wanted to BE ,leaves a question un-answered. ANS was always on the eccentric side and did a LOT of things that MOST of us would NEVER do which, doesn't mean a 'bad' thing... she was just DIFFERENT! She was mostly into acting...that was what she did...ACT! She had some serious issues that her mother warned us all about months ago before ANS death! Her mother was concerned about her health and well-being since Daniel, her son....died of a drug overdose since ANS DID LOTS of drugs herself...I am sure there was some gulit in there as well! Just let her rest in Peace now and may God be with everyone who loved and cared for her!

2763 days ago


to brian #1458
so she did not want her mother in the picture...then why did she leave her son with her the first seven years of his life? then she was on drugs so how would she know what was right for her kids?

2763 days ago


These comments are outrageous. how can people talk about someone who is no longer here? She may have had a hard life and she may have made a lot of poor choices but it is wrong to talk about her in that manner. Why can't people remember her for the good times instead of bad? In the long run Anna Nicole Smith will have the last laugh from her grave henever she gets buried.

2762 days ago


I honestly am disgusted by these negative comments. Why are we, as humans, so quick to judge others. She is gone. Peace be with her and her family.

2762 days ago

Cathy R    

No one has walked in his shoes ! Howard Just know theirs a lot of people putting you the kids and Anna Nicole in there prayers. What you all had been faced with is awful. I lost my 6 yr old son ,7 yrs ago this March it has been the hardest thing to over come . You never really get over it .I will carry the lost of my beautiful son with me for ever. I had to get my acted together for my husband, an two older sons and my daughter that was only 14 months old , that little girl basically took care of me .It still hurts ,I talk to my nickel daily . I feel him around me at times . I've shared this with you so you would know that other do feel your pain . I have prayed daily for Anna Nicole I sure that our lord has forgiven Anna for the wrongs in her life. She is with her son in heaven. Stay strong ! You know our lord is their for you and he will be looking out for Danniellyn to.So take a deep breath let you family & friends help you Thur this and trust me Anna will be holding your hand . God Bless you & Danniellyn Cathy R

2762 days ago


Florida Probate Judge Larry Seidlin’s tortuous verdict in regards to Anna Nicole Smith’s final disposition only validated the long held urban myth that NY cab drivers will unearth the lengthiest and most circuitous route (while on the meter) to a final destination, amen.

2762 days ago


it's too bad. She's one of the sexiest goddest on the earth

2762 days ago


Tell me WHY would it seem odd when a person HAS had this man WORKING for her (remember HE DID NOT ":GRUB " MONEY FROM ANNA) she OWED HIM he was her trial lawyer and still to this day is working on this enormous amount of $$ (which only fool like the imbeciles who keep picking on him neglect or LACK the mental capacity to understand that THIS and ONLY this MONEY (annals namesake/image and baby) will carry within-in the form of 1) who posses her BODY, and 2 who possesses her baby. - HOWARD was a DAMNED excellent high profile lawyer capable of leaving Anna the second he WON this first $444,000,000.00-in her case (prior to the 3 re-trial. Whatever- AT THIS POINT HOWARD could have left with that simple winning under his coat and have EASILY BECOME a VERY successful lawyer high profile lawyer and make more money that the stinking $ 12,500,00 per year he made being a dependant of Anna (below POVERTY LE|VEL MIND YOU) -OF COURSE the man had an interest in that case. He worked on it for 10 years FOR FREE - WHO do you think in that court room ,now cares enough for annals body to work FREE as a LAWYER to OBTAIN IT for ANY OF THE SAID "CLIENTS" including that FAT MONSTROSITY of a "MOTHER" who was blatantly protected and led by the judge himself- who LIED all morning with a smile and giggles , as he daughter body rotted in its own juices because of her selfishness. ( all the people in the media except the very few with brains still functioning , said "the courtroom was lite in the am - until "poor fat assed VERGIE got on the stand and "GRUED over the coals- (talk about crocodile tears and acting _one thing Anna may have inherited from that abomination of a human being called "vergie" -(I mean the extraversion Anna sometimes showed and the ability to cry at the drop of a hat -or pill hahaha-) IF Anna was on drugs how dare anyone blame Howard the mother simply washed her hand of it years ago after allowing/sacrificing her 12 year old or younger daughter to be continually RAPED by her husband what a PIIIG. no wonder Anna loathed her. IF anyone wants to be educated on the things I say buy the DVDs of the Anna Nicole show she explains explicitly why she cut off ties with her trailer trash typical Texas family every time she called or they did it was for ONE thing ONLY MONEY. that is what this is about now, the judge is a biased asswipe and should be put on a poll and for everyone to throw rotten cantaloupes at for a week in Florida’s hot stupid sun that probably lowered his IQ from playing golf with his bald head and no hat on -thus reducing his brain to barely functioning SOUP. he should be shot . they all except Howard should be shot. This court gives any other county that watches it a reason, yet another reason to identify all AMERCANS and their "justice system" idiotic , unfair , unjust, and run frankly by those with the loudest mouths most money and the MEDIA(all in cahoots Howard simply cannot be a leach because he is owed tons of money by Anna (for the court case)and liked her enough to work for less than the poverty level (free) I have no doubt he loved her - maybe she was concerned SHED BE BLAMED FOR HE SONS DEATH - as her fat assed mother DID on national TV many times (days after Anna’s horrific loss) shows how much of a caring and loving "Texas MOMA " she really is- -the to top matter off (when at this point I no choice but to resort to taking a RX pill myself) ) when that big fat washing machine bodied mother said she sat in the car on the road to view the dead body of her decomposing daughter, the only thing on her Texas chili bean sized brain was in her own testimony was "FOOD." AS far as the "Solomon stint" I have the PERFECT "vergie" solution-since this court proceeding is already deemed a "circus" why not offer 1/2 of Anna body to vergies and dig up Daniel and the fat money grubbing trailer trash low class liar can make her money that she so badly cares for by having her grandson and her daughter sewn together, waxed and made into a traveling sideshow. I believe VERGIE WOULD secretly covet that idea and would let would light up her SOULESS eyes with dollar signs . Disgusting but in my humble opinion TRUTH, LOOK next time at each person in that room (court) who SEEMS the most distraught? (HOWARD) he isn’t laughing - he should not be , HE KNEW ANNA HER WISH WOULD BE OBViOUS TO ANYONE SENSITIVE THAT even watched her show- she was fat , everyone made fun of her- would that photographer who everyone” LOVES" have given her a SECOND GLANCE at 230lbs??? NOT! Howard was there- plus Howard knows her body is rotting, and Anna worked very VERY HARD TO GET HER LOOKS BACK that last PICTURE OF HER IN HER COFFIN WOULD MATTER TO ANNA as I an overweight Anna look-alike would rather live 2 years thin and have a this body remembered in my casket than live 50 yrs at 230lb- for her this would be ca crucial want- (she was taken w/ynnmonroe- thus would want to look amazing in death as she

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