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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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1441.

victoria    

I WILL REALLY MISS ANNA. AND I KNOW THAT ALOT POPLE HAVE THINGS TO SAY GOOD AND BAD .BUT REMEMBER SHE HURT LIKE WE HURT SHE WAS HUMAN AND ALSO HAD FEELINGS.AS FOR HER BIRTH MOM YOU COULD TELL ANNA HAD BEEN HURT BY HER. I WATCH EVERY SHOW ABOUT ANNA AND WHEN I SEEN HER CRY I FELT HER PAIN I CRIED WITH HER I TOO HAVE A MOM WHO WAS NEVER A MOM SO MY WORD TO THE SO CALLED MOM WHY IN THE HELL WERE YOU NOT THERE TO LOVE HER INSTEAD OF BEATING HER. HER PAIN WAS REAL IT WAS NOT FAKE. AND AS FOR THE HOW SHE DIED I SAY SHE DIED OF A BROKEN HEART SHE LOVED HER SON MORE THAN WORD COULD EVERY SAY AND WHEN HE DIED A PART OF HER(ANNA) DIED WITH HIM.AND WE WILL NEVER KNOW THE PAIN SHE FELT UNLESS WE HAVE LOST A CHILD SO EVERYONE NEEDS TO STOP PASSING JUDGE MEANT. AND AS FOR HER BABY DANNIELYNN I OLNY PRAY THAT SHE IS HOWARDS BABY AND THAT SHE WILL STAY WITH HOWARS THAT IS WEAT ANNA WOULD OF WANTED TO PLEASE LET ANNA REST IN PEACE AND LET DANNIELYNN STAY WITH THE ONLY DADDY SHE HAS KNOWN ANNA I WILL MISS YOU AND I WISH I WOULD OF MEET YOU IN LIFE BUT SOMEDAY I WILL MEET YOU IN HEAVEN AS FOR YOU HOWARD MY PRAYERS AND THIUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTER DANNIELYNN ANNAS ANGEL BABY LOVE YOU ALL GOD BLESS YOU BOTH FROM VICTORIA

2774 days ago
1442.

Sierra    

This is a terible thing. Her little girl will one day read about this and instead of her hearing about people being sad about her mothers death she is gonna only hear about the drama that is coming from it. Reguardless of how Anna lived her life she loved her childern and no1 deserves to die. I think everyone should just let her rest in peace. I pray for her family and hope for them to stay strong. I know she will now be happy with her son.

2774 days ago
1443.

Sierra    

u people make me sick. Everyone makes mistakes, some more then others. However i find it so sad that u cant respect her even in death. There are ppl still alive that love her and are very sad, and there gonna read things like this. U are all heartless, and need to let her rest in peace, and allow her famliy to work through this. U are only making it hard for the ppl who truly care about her. Get a life and grow up~

2774 days ago
1444.

DEBBIE T    

I AM PLACING MY COMMENT FOR THE 3RD TIME HOPING THAT IT WILL BE SHOWN TO OTHER VIEWERS. WHEN SOME ONE DIES THERE SOUL BE LONGS TO GOD HOW EVER THE DIE.THEY SHOULD BE AT PEACE.BUT IF ANA AND SON WAS "MURDER" THAT A DIFFERENT STORY THE KILLER OR KILLERS SHOULD BURN IN HELL FOR EVER.THAT MEANS THEY HAVE BROKEN GOD LAW AND MANS LAW,SO MEDIA NOW WHAT FIND THE KILLERS ASP AND STOP THE B-- S-----NOW NOW?

2774 days ago
1445.

viv    

I feel horrible for her....she wanted something so bad she went for it...now there is a baby living with a man who is probably not her father and who knows what he will do next.

2774 days ago
1446.

Belinda    

Rest in piece Anna, May you find confort in the arms of the Lord, and rejoice in the presence of your son.

2774 days ago
1447.

hello    

howard killed her and daniel.its so obvious.

2774 days ago
1448.

mike    

i think her and her son faked their death and hey are in hiding with elvis..... 2pac.... biggie... they are all on the same hidden island ... she has enough money to last her the rest of her life .....

2774 days ago
1449.

Taunya    

This could go both ways...

she could of taken her own life.. post pardom, drugs, loss of a child, stress over hiding the babys fagther.

or foul play. she has money, people think she is dumb, greed, drugs

2774 days ago
1450.

angie reidler    

we have lost one of the most beautiful people in the world...it is very tragic and i wish the media circus would calm down a little bit i know she was famous and will get alot of attention in death still but its turning into a down right circus and i wish people would give her the same respect they would give a loved one in death...she deserves no less regardless of what she was or how many people she slept with or what drugs she did it doesnt matter she was still a human being and deserves respect like anyone else who has passed... she will be missed...

2774 days ago
1451.

gayle    

Who started the bad mouthing of Howard K. Stern? The mother Anna Nicole hated or the photographer, Larry Birkhead, she hired and his (most likely) sister, Debra Opri. If Anna didn't think Howard was the right person, she would have had him put in jail like she did that guy a couple of years ago. Anna never had anything bad to say about Howard, but she sure hated Birkhead and her mother.

2773 days ago
1452.

Deloras Chubb    

Anna is goned now. Everyone should focus on the little baby girl and get on with the test and find out who the real father. The child needs to be placed with the family until the real father is found.Not Howard K. Stern. I do not think he is the father and if he was so in love with Anna WHY didn't he try and help her get off the drugs. It is a sad and disgraceful situation.

2773 days ago
1453.

brian moore    

first marilyn,now anna nicole.i wish people could enjoy their fame without the drugs so we could enjoy them longer.what a shame,a beautiful life wasted!

2773 days ago
1454.

stunned    

Howard Stern will go down for this. He only had control of her when she was drugged. He has been filming live every step he's taken since she died including the plane ride from Miami to the Bahama's. He invited paparazzi on the f'in plane and took them into his home to cash in on his last moments in the press. He sold pics of Daniel the day after he died for $500,000. He sold pics of anna and Danilynn the day after for $450,000 and now some "mysterious breakin" stole all photos, the video in the birthing room, the computers and birth certificates. Howard is in deep sh*t. Remember it was reported that Anna screamed after Daniel died"You did this! You did this!" Then she was sedated. The truth is that he finally got her alone and kept her drugged. He f'ed up and gave anna's methadone to Daniel. Watch, that son of a bitch is going down.

2773 days ago
1455.

connie perry    

first her son dies than anna, howard is looking pretty guilty right about now. and to all you out there who are so quick to bad mouth anna, it looks like she did pretty well for herself. and you could tell that her son loved her alot. leave them alone and let them rest in peace. she might have acted like a dumb blond. but to come as far as she did with so little i think is pretty good. she was smart and beautiful. sounds like there are alot of jealous people out there. connie

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