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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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1411.

lostandloster    

Anna Nicole, no matter what anyone thought, was an ambitious lady. So what if she married an 89 year old billionaire? As thought she was the only woman to marry for security. Give me a freakin' break already. So what if she took drugs to numb the pain of the many losses in her life: her son, her security, her mother (who just seems unfeeling and quick to jump on the "drugs" bandwagon - what the hell kind of mother is this woman?) Anna's life was a constant battle whether it was weight, family relations, love, whatever. She was constantly being sued. Hell, Paris Bimbo Hilton gets more respect than Anna, and Paris was BORN into wealth and STILL turned out to be a total waste of space. Give me a good ol' Anna Nicole anyday. While Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes are allowed to sell pictures of their offspring, Anna is to be crucified for it? The woman never once offered a sex tape for sale, unlike our current crop of do-nothing celebutards, and I just think more of Anna Nicole for fighting her own battles herself,without the help of rich daddys or prominent names, or delving into pornography. Give this beautiful, human woman a break. Just because someone is an easy target for humiliation does NOT mean we should go there. Please. Show some decency.

2756 days ago
1412.

Karen    

You forgot to mention the other noteable statistic....fat ugly jealous woman of all ages (yeah that includes Rosie...major FAT, major UGLY, major DISGUSTING PERSON) thank god for Trump standing up to the fat ugly be.atch

By: Thin attractive

2756 days ago
1413.

Joyce    

What is wrong with Mark Steines and ET? They have Howard right where they wanted him and failed to ask any pertinent questions, such as when will you take the paternity test, how can you claim the Bahamas house was broken into when it was the landlord that entered the premise and if Anna did own the house where is the deed to the house under Anna’s name, why did you have to be paged before a 911 call could be made while the body guard was giving CPR, and, Howard, why didn't you try to force Anna to enter a rehab when you knew she had a prescription drug problem, Howard why did Anna hate her Mother so much, could it be that she was the only one who saw she had a drug problem and tried to do something about it? Also why, Mark, didn’t you say ET and the New York Post paid for the private jet that transported Mark the Post and Howard to the Bahamas which was shown on tonight’s broadcast? Also what about the money ET paid for the exclusive interview, I can only assume it was not in the scripted interview, scripted by Howard the one you paid. When all the truth finally comes out Howard and ET will be shown as the frauds they truly are.


2756 days ago
1414.

Carmen    

Anna Nicole Smith did not only possess a Beautiful Face and a Beautiful Body, but she also possessed a Beautiful Soul !!! God Rest Your Soul and your Son's Soul In Peace !!! And Howard, Take Good Care Of The Baby and God Bless You All !!!! Respectfully Yours, I Am an Admirer of Miss Anna Nicole Smith.

2756 days ago
1415.

jerri zoeteman    

I THINK THIS TRAGEDY, NEEDS TO OPEN UP OTHER PEOPLE'S EYES. YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO JUDGE ANYONE. BUT, THERE'S SOMETHING REALLY FISHY WITH HER DEALTH. I THINK THEY NEED TO REINVESTIGATE HER SON'S DEALTH. THIS LOOKS AND SOUNDS LIKE A DOUBLE MURDER. SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING AND ISN'T TALKING. IT'S A SHAME FOR THE BABY GIRL. I THINK IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE MONEY. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE, WITH HER SON. HER MOTHER SHOULD GET CUSTODY OF THE BABY. THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. TWO MANY RICH MURDERS GO UNSOLVED OR THEY GET AWAY WITH IT. WHAT'S WRONG WITH EVERYBODY TALKING SO BAD ABOUT HER. SHE'S DEAD AND OBVIOUSLY CAN'T SPEAK FOR HERSELF.

2756 days ago
1416.

Erik    

let he who is without sin cast the first stone...all you judgmental idiots need to take a step back Anna Nicole has done nothing to you so why you feel the need the need to speak ill of the dead is beyond me further more no is no proof to date that shows that she O.D so please do your self a favor and stop running your mouths off until the full report is in.........

2756 days ago
1417.

Lori    

It is all very sad. I feel bad for the baby because some day she will be aware of the things people have said about her motherand family. People should stop and think about how this will effect her innocent life. It really is none of our business who her father is, how much money she is worth and how her mother and brother died. Would you want the world to know everything about your life before you were old enough to stop it? What a heavy load for such a little heart to carry. : (

2756 days ago
1418.

lee    

Every other day or so I pull up this chat room. I have to admit that the entries are a lot better than at first, certainly a lot more thought out. There's always an exception for instance # 1233, dgs_4444.

What is it ? you got a little pee pee? The attitude you expressed was frightening, vulgar, insulting and belittling to all woman. Bet you don't score often.

That said, I would just like to remind people how full of life Anna was, that she was a very loving and caring woman, with a great sense of humor anyone could see this in her eyes in the many pictures of her. No one can deny the love she felt for her son. She was a smart woman too, only a smart woman could portray the ditsy blond as well as she did, another woman who had the same savy as she was Lucile Ball. Think about it. Could a dumb drug using ho as she has been called so very many times on this site go up against the court system all the way to the Supreme Court? With this same court saying that yes her case had merit and it should be persued . The case against Howard Marshall's tight ass son showed us that not only was she smart but, that she was not going to be pushed around any more. No one was going to denigrate (sp?) or make light of her marriage, and it was a marriage maybe not of the body but most certainly of the heart.

#1233 dsg_4444 looks like she had to stones you are so obviously lacking.

Were drugs an issue? yes, and did she relapes yes, many times. How many of you have walked in those shoes? We all saw her on TV in the last few weeks. How many of you having felt the highs of giving birth and the lows of loosing a loved one in such a short time wouldn't go off and find yourself a bottle and a bag of pills.

I myself am going to miss Anna for the joy and laughter she brought my life.

2756 days ago
1419.

carl ireton    

Hi,
Everybody wants to know who the father of her baby is. Well . . . . it's me. I work for the Shilo Inn in Twin Falls, Idaho. She stopped by one night, and, well . . . . . . she was lonely . . . . . it was just one night, darn it. I didn't think I was that potent. So there you go. Mystery solved.

2756 days ago
1420.

Linds    

Although I never looked up to her and she got on my nerves a little sometimes...I don't think its right to speak poorly of her after she is dead, just because she was a "gold digging whore." She was a human being with some obvious depression problems and I think everyone talking trash needs to keep it to themselves or grow up.

2756 days ago
1421.

concerned    

this is for blog 1282 dgs_4444 your quote( I'm not surprised in the least to see women saying she was an inspiration. Women in this country are disgusting, gold digging, materialistic, shallow, cold, and stupid.) WOW what a JERK you are. I think you need to seek professional help as you don't care much for women, it seems you are cold and heartless and want everyone to know it I guess, why would you take the time to write such rotten things. Was your mother mean to you,did she do horrible things to you?Do you use drugs? Do you date much!!!! With a personality like yours.... I doubt it!!!!! People have their own opinions but you DO NOT HAVE TO BE SO CRUEL. Your attacking women in general not Anna .Please get the help you need before it is to late and no matter what RESPECT the dead .May god watch over you dgs_4444 whom ever you are.

2756 days ago
1422.

Rob    

PS....I'm like WOW reading some of these comments. Rude and harsh! I think it would be quite interesting to take a look into all you bloggers personal lives and to see what skelatons are stuffed in your closets. And then see how you (or a friends or family members) would feel and react to have all your dirty laundry aired on the daily news every day.

2756 days ago
1423.

Carol in Miami    

I think it is total crap that everyone is out to damn Anna she was a lost soul with the loss of her son and believe me if I lost one of my children they better put me on something strong to ease the pain. Go figure having to fight a family for half a billion has got to be stressful as well.
As for Howard, he took good care of Anna for years (quoted by the Trimspa CEO) I believe he loved her and she really didn't die with as much money as everyone thinks, she was paid on a monthly basis, also quoted by Trimspa CEO and Founder.
Daniel her son was already into drugs before he died no one forced him to do it ... he was a big boy. Sad but true he just did too much at one time. I would guess the spotlight of his mother at times must of been too consuming for him and addiction is all in the genetics. If you chose to do drugs you have a higher chance of addiction if it runs in your family.
I say Rest In Peace Anna and Daniel you will not be forgotten.
And for all you critics ... don't be so eager to pass unkind judgement!!

2756 days ago
1424.

JULIE    

EVERYONE SOUNDS LIKE THAT THEY ARE HATING ANNA . I THINK YOUR ALL JEALOUS. GIVE IT A BREAK AND WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWM LIFE IF YOU HAVE ONE...

2756 days ago
1425.

Carol in Miami    

For all you morons who belittled her try to soil her demeanor... get a freakin life!
You must have been beaten as a child or abused in some manner ... or could you just be jealous she was a woman with a lot going on for her!
Look at Hef standing up and saying she was a personal friend and a part of the Playboy family that she was going to be severely missed I say WAY TO GO HEF for stepping up for Anna! You poor souls who have nothing better to do than trash the dead ... Go to hell!

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