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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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It is not uncommon for a girl whose father vanishes on them to end up being a stripper and depressed and have lots of problems. Women need their dad in their life and although she did not always have the best character, she didn't have the best upbringing and it takes a lot of strength to get out of something like that. My sympathy to her and her family and little Dannielynn. I hope Birkhead is the father because Stern seems like a weirdo.

2818 days ago


You know Anna has issues and problems but who the heck doesn't? Her life was in the media and she had a terrible tragedy no matter the circumstances! You lose a loved one, especially your own child, I would be high on something to cope also!!!!

2818 days ago


I feel bad for her lil baby. and I feel bad for anna even though I do feel she brought this on herself with drugs. I think stern is a sleezebag and didn't care about what she was doing to herself.

2818 days ago


It is sad to know that Anna is the same age as my mother is currently. I could not imagine being without her now, and I could not imagine my daughter being without me. Being a mother is difficult at times but it is easier having your child than losing them. I truely believe that it is no coincidence that Daniel, and Anna died so close together, and in a similar manner. Is Methadone the key to unlocking this mystery? Yes, Anna had her problems and not everyone is a fan, however, no person deserves to die the way her son and she had. There is very little doubt in my mind that Howard is a huge link to these deaths. Daniel having been supplied the drug Methadone by Howard, goes to sleep and never wakes up...hum...Methadone discovered in Anna's home, and she too went to sleep and never woke up. Where ever Howard is, death seems to follow. Daniel died, leaving Anna and Danni to Howard. Anna dies and now Danni is within Howards grasp. I am concerned for this little girl and hope she grows to be strong, and loved. I truely, believe that Howard is not the father of little Danni Lynn. Granted Anna was not always on a great path, she tried. She finally started to get somewhere and then her son died. She fell back to that deep depression she tried so vigorously to numb with the multiple medications that doctors supplied her with. She had a beautiful baby girl who needed her, and I believe that Anna would not be so careless as to end her life. The children were her only pure source for love. She once looked for love in all the wrong places but found the only true love within her son Daniel and then with Danni Lynn. Every person has their addictions and every person fails to conquer some of these addictions. There was one addiction Anna just could not function without...a son's love. I hope that her daughter will know the positive aspect of her mother, that seem to be forgotten by the public eye when people need someone to rip on. Celebrities are humans with mistakes, and personal issues too. They are people the public focuses on just to take the blame from their own flawed lives, and poke fun at someone elses. It isn't cool and their children deal with the backdraft. Celebrities are just really well known individuals for their jobs to entertain us. They have lives that cameras do not need to be involved with. Entertainment only should go so far, but there are disturbed individuals who enjoy feeding a celebrities personal tragedy and pain to the public. I hope that Anna can get the peace she had been searching for. Now she and her son can be together and watch over little Danni Lynn. I could only hope that the press does not ruin that life that has barely gotten so far. My daughter is the same age as Danni Lynn and it would kill me to know that my daughter was posted at the center of attention on news stands across the country because of her mother's tragic life and death. The press needs to back off, and if Howard knows he is not the father, he needs to do right and allow the right father to have part in Danni Lynn's life. My deepest sympathies to Anna's family, especially her daughter.

2818 days ago


It shocks and amazes me every day how uncaring and selfish people are today. The poor woman is dead, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything!! I admired her for her achievements in modeling and television, she knew she didn't want to stay in that backwoods Texas town and she didn't. She may not have been as conventional and people would have liked but she was achieving her goals. My heart goes out to the daughter that will never know her mother and to Howard K. Stern her constant companion through it all.

2818 days ago


In my personal opinion, I feel as though Howard K. Stern is personally to blame for the deaths of Daniel and Anna Nicole.................He only wants the baby due to the millions of dollars that he will inherit. I honestly hope that Larry is the father of baby dannielynn.............she deserves a good life.......Even when you see Anna Nicole on TV, she is barely able to speak due to drugs............Isn't it funny that Daniel had the same drug in his system as was in his mother's refridgerator??????????? Yep, something is fishy with Howard..........even when they are together he is always looking at her as though he is coaxing her.......................

2818 days ago


I will personally miss Anna Nicole.....Her family and Larry Birkhead are really sorry people and don't deserve a dime of her money...That mean's you billy wayne gosh he should have been arrested along time ago for beating Anna....Howard K. Stern he needs to be the one to take care of their baby...I mean come on he wouldn't kill anyone he would have gotten caught.......He loved Anna and her son so much would any of you put up with an addict as he did ...Oh yea her family dumped her....I love you Anna RIP>>>>>BethinTexas

2818 days ago


she was trashed in life dont trash her in death to let her finally rest , we all know her mom is only around for the money so mom go home

2818 days ago


trailer trash just what it that

2818 days ago


Hey everyone she's gone! Let her rest in peace! Her daughter is the one that will suffer if we post any more outrageous comments about her.. She's now with her son and no matter what she was doing in her life we have to respect her daughter !!!!!!!!! Anna, rest in peace!!!!!!!!!!!

2818 days ago


Devil worshippers, Idol worshippers get REAL some of you people need prayer.HOW do you know she is in HEAVEN? did she seem like a person trying to elevate herself ? NO, her theme was 'how low can you go' and it was broadcast for the world to see.
That goes for you too.

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2818 days ago


I believe the very nasty comments made reflect the lack of maturity on part of some very disturbed Americans. There is no dignity in making foul remarks when someone (no matter what type of life they have lived) dies very young. I would feel differently if Anna was a murderer, child molester, or terrorist but she was not.

From an outsiders perspective your comments reflect on your country and the mental state of mind of the type of people inhabiting it.

Anna was only part of the media hype that is so strongly linked to Americanism, it made her and it undid her.

I only ask that the next time you grieve or you are praying for something or someone that your own spiteful words come back to haunt you.

From "the land downunder"

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2818 days ago


I find it very disturbing to read some of the comments made by bloggers to this site.

I think parents are very responsible for the lack of control in parenting and this reflects greatly on the very sad and depressed viewpoints expressed by some individuals. I will make a broad speculation and say most of these comments are being made by largely uneducated, young males, aged between 12-21 years of age. It is no wonder we have bullying and related mass murder killings occurring in schoolyards with similarly stunted minds, many of which are unfortunately prevalent in our society today and coming to a TMG site near you…...

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