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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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1456.

Gary    

I see lots of judges on here is there anyone on here that is so lilly white that they can comdem others. ? How about we put your lives on parade like Nicholes. Let here rest in peace.Sounds like A bunch of Saints

2703 days ago
1457.

SUN    

I use to like Howard, but looking at the situation now, I can see he is a fake.
What kind of man does not hold a job, and sponges of another woman. He is a lawyer and a smart one. I believe he went to Berkley. Why would he think it is okay not to work? He cant claim that he has been taking care of Anna, because her condition has worsened over the years. He hung aroung like a leech. There was a reason why.

Anna, didnt love him in a romantic sense. She grew to depend on him for her drugs and whatever else he was always willing and waiting to do for her. You see, drug addicts will cling to anyone who will help them get their drugs, and he did. He just sat back patiently waiting and watching her spiral to the point of no return. I am not blaming him for Annas drug use, but what the hell has he been doing with his non-working self for years? Most young professionals would be trying to build up their practice. He never had any intentions on working. He was/has been waiting for Annas big pay-day.

Yes- Anna was meesed up and did some immoral things, but she had a kind heart. At least with her, what you seen is what you got. Howard is the phony. I think Annas mother is right about him. I would be very afraid for the baby. I dont think Annas mother should get the baby, becasue there is a reason she hated her family.

I hope Birkhead, or even Zsa-Zsas huband is the father. They at least appear to be normal, and dont leave dead people in their wake.

2703 days ago
1458.

~*LiveWire*~    

I am so disgusted by people STILL continuing to LAUGH at her. I 'followed' her life style for yrs... always felt so horrible for her... always being laughed at, put down, etc... and now? Even after her 'death' (murder) she's still being laughed at? (Not just saying on here)
Howard Kevin Stern, is behind her son's death, Daniel, and her death. No doubt he fed her son the drugs and to Anna. A real FRIEND would keep the drugs away from her, help her 24/7, not feed her more, get her more, etc...
I just have some questions...
Where is the nurse? Haven't heard one thing about her.
Why was she there with them anyway?
Was said to be Anna's long time friend? SO where was HOWARD AND HER when she collapsed??? Down in the next room getting it 'on'?
Hmm a nurse.. someone who would def., know how to 'knock someone out'.
Lets see Daniel dead, Howard marries Anna immediately, (Was Daniel against Howard marrying his mom all these yrs, so Howard had to get rid of him?) EXCUTOR to the WILL, now Anna dead... hmm... something is wrong here.
Yes, Drugs most likely killed Anna, but who was really behind it? Unfortunately Anna has a bad history of abusing drugs, do to the death of her husband, Marshall, and the media attacking her for yrs, etc., depression, Know what sucks? Howard will get away with both murders... just because of her past alone. No proof of anything. But 'we' know. Did you know, Howard didn't get paid from Anna since 1996... hmm... sounds a little desperate for money by now, no? (His parents supported him, yeah OKAY!)
He's a piece of sh*t.
Diane* RIP Daniel and Vicky Lynn.
That little baby girl, Danielynn, better get out of the hands of Howard, far from Anna's family, and into her real fathers hands. I wish her well, prayers always for her.

2703 days ago
1459.

TATIANA    

she's dead already--thank God. what a mennace to society. she was nothing less than slime. too bad she didn't go years ago. the only people who will miss her are all the horny rejects that j----- off watching her. perverts!! she needed to go to church!! her soul needed cleansing big time. i'm tired of seeing her sickening face all over the place. give it a rest. just tell us who the father is and if the loot goes to the baby or not.
all she cared about was herself. look at the way she even kissed her son----she is plain nasty and trying to be sexy looking while doing so. she was one messed up bitch. adios and thank goodness she's finally gone---probably to hell!

2703 days ago
1460.

Judy    

I have never been a fan of Anna Nicole Smith. But, she was a human being, and deserved better. She made her life as she saw fit, she has done it wrong in many of our eyes. But, that was what she wanted and what she did. She lived her own way.

I have previously said that I felt that Howard K. Stern has everything to do with the deaths of Daniel and now Anna Nicole.

When they lived in the USA. Both Anna Nicole and Daniel were Alive. They go to the Bahamas. And 3 days after her daughter is born. Her son Daniel dies of an Over Dose. And who was there while Anna Nicole slept? Nobody but Howard K. Stern.
When everyone says Daniel, he never took drugs. He may have? With his mother all strung out all the time. She did not set a good example for him. She and her son, should have known better.

Now 5 months and 1 day after her daughter was born.. Anna Nicole is Dead. We all know it is going to be from Drugs, Alchol and a Broken Heart.
And dear, Howard was 20 minutes away looking at a boat. He says he knows she was Sick. He says she was running a Temperature of 105!! What, Idiot leaves a person alone who is running a fever of 105? They can go into convulsions so fast.

He says he has nothing to live for, except his daughter with Anna Nicole, Dannilynn. He is trying to sound like Anna Nicole's last words. That only her daughter is keeping her alive.

I do not trust this man. To many people die when he is around. I bet Dannilynn will die too.

And his sister has said that Howard has not gotten paid since 1996!!! And that there parents Support him. So he has no money!!! But, he sure wants Anna Nicole's millions.

And now his sister and brother are making a big deal. That they are so Afraid that the Baby will be Kidnaped!!!! Because she is worth Millions!!!! Are they trying to tell us that it is all ready planned?

And supposedly the house in the Bahamas was robbed of all Anna Nicole's stuff. I bet Howard stole it all and has it hidden some where!!!

Get this beautiful baby away from him. If she is to get any of her mothers, millions from the Howard J. Marshall estate. She will be the next to die, thanks to none other that Howard K. Stern.

If Larry Birkhead is the real father, give her to him. If Howard was really the father, he would do the dna test to get him off his back.

Anna should be Buried next to her Son as she wanted, This I belive Howard when he says that is what Anna Nicole wanted.

God Bless the little girl Dannilynn Hope. And may her mother and brother rest in peace, as they are now together forever.

Judy

2703 days ago
1461.

judy    

yes anna was on drugs and should have been in rehab a long time ago. thats why i believe howard stern didn't really love her. she needed help and no one stepped in to help her. after her sons death she greived herself to this point along with the drugs i believe. bury her by her son and hopfully larry birkhead is the true father. get it done and over with and lay her to rest. she had problems that were serious but she is a human being who deserves respect even after death.

2703 days ago
1462.

Tanya    

What is with all the "karma" comments. Please....... american morons. Karma is when you get back what you give X10. I do not believe that ANS was a raging psycho bitch! I believe that she was just like many people who did not know how to deal with what life handed her. The fact that she is dead and many of you are laughing and celebrating is something that Karma will get you for. So please, get your heads out of your patriotic selfish asses and think about what you say before you say it...didn't your mothers teach you that when you were 5?

2703 days ago
1463.

Sheila    

Hate her of love her she was still someone's mom & daughter, I think she was beautiful fat or thin,My personal feeling she never got over the greif of losing her son, Being a mother & grandmother i am not sure i could deal with the loss either.
REST IN PEACE DEAR,SWEET ANNA (VICKY LYNN)NICOLE.

2703 days ago
1464.

Loc    

You people lack basic human compassion and are cold and heartless. In the midst of her death, you people are still talking bad about her and making fun of her. Death isn't funny even if a person was on drugs. Okay maybe your right, but when someone dies, you should keep negative comments to yourself. She was still a person with a family and people who loved her, and that is disrespectful to joke and laugh about someone's life or death. Maybe instead take a look at yourself. She lost a child and that goes against the lines of human nature, any woman who has written something negative about this woman, you should imagine loosing and having to bury a child and see how you handle yourself. She didn't have an easy life, and now that she's dead, can she get just a little compassion?

2703 days ago
1465.

Loc    

You people lack basic human compassion and are cold and heartless. In the midst of her death, you people are still talking bad about her and making fun of her. Death isn't funny even if a person was on drugs. Okay maybe your right, but when someone dies, you should keep negative comments to yourself. She was still a person with a family and people who loved her, and that is disrespectful to joke and laugh about someone's life or death. Maybe instead take a look at yourself. She lost a child and that goes against the lines of human nature, any woman who has written something negative about this woman, you should imagine loosing and having to bury a child and see how you handle yourself. And as far as the paternity test goes, mind your business, unless you can be the father. How is a paternity test relevant to someone dying. Totally irrelevent to what is going on. She probably didn't want a paternity test to protect her child because if she and Stern were sure about paternity then they would probably have done it already. But whatever the reason, who are you to judge. Paternity suits happen everyday, have you ever seen Maury. So that is basically obsolete. She didn't have an easy life, and now that she's dead, can she get just a little compassion?

2703 days ago
1466.

Loc    

I believe that most of all she should be buried next to her son. I don't know her and would expect that is what she wanted, its a nobrainer. Her Mom comes out the woodworks after 15 years and wants to take her back to Texas to be buried. For what? She hadn't been there in 15 years and most of all she would want to be with her son. If she is taken back to Texas then her son should be taken there as well and buried next to her. Its not fair to Daniel to be left in the Bahamas where no other family members are buried and all alone. I don't care where she is buried, Texas or Bahamas, but her son needs to be put beside her because the whole world knows thats how they would have wanted it. So her mother must not know her daughter very well, not to say that she's not greiving or hurt, but why would she want to separate them. And as far as the paternity tests go and Howard Stern, I think that if they were sure that the baby was his they would have taken the paternity tests along time ago. So he's probably not the father. I do think that he maybe influenced her and kept her sedated to have more control of her. I also think that he probably did turn her against people and made her believe that everyone was out for her money and that he wasn't there for that and wanted to keep her safe. But her relationship with her mother is irrelevant because they were estranged before Anna and Stern's relationship was out in the public. Regardless if he encouraged her drug use and didn't try to get her help doesn't matter now it's too late. But one things for sure like I said in my previous comment, some of the people before me were heartless a**holes and I feel embarrassed for yall for being so disrespectful, cold and just nasty. It takes a real loser son of a bitch to say some of the terrible things that have been said about her after her death. Just shows how ignorant and just stupid some people are!

2703 days ago
1467.

Tammy    

i cannot believe how cruel people are i feel so sorry for howard and the baby girl...my god leave him alone and let him greive ......people are coming out of the woodwork...its money njow where were they before? and the judge what a prick he thinks hes going to get famous over this ......let anna rest in peace shes in the morgue decomposing let howard and dannylynn barry her and move on ..dish dirt somewhere else shes dead let her go!!!! maybe she just died of a broken heart ,and what if she did methadone her son just died alot of people turn the wrong way when they loose a loved one .. take her money put it away for dannilynn and leave them alone oh and as far as her mother HOW DARE you anna wanted nothing to do with you .......you nasty beast you dont need her money either so go crawl back under your rock and leave to dannilynn and howard to start there lives she ANNA made it perfectly clear that she hated you WHY R U EVEN THERE? you make me sick and so does that nasty judge

2703 days ago
1468.

Tammy    

howard i am so sorry that you have to hear all these cruel comments you take dannilynn and raise her the best you can and try to find some peace i see the heart break in your eyes just know shes with danniel and the lord and move on be strong for your baby girl and tell everyone to go to hell

2703 days ago
1469.

pat    

This is very sad. Howard K. Stern should be looked at very closely. What about the little baby!!! She is the big looser in the whole thing.

2703 days ago
1470.

Carol in Miami    


Geeeez could they just let her rest next to her son Daniel ... it is the only proper thing to do and could someone please show us a picture of
Anna and her evil wicked looking mother in a lovey huggie shot?????
I think NOT!

VIRGIE ... GO BACK TO TEXAS ... DO THE RIGHT THING AND LET THEM BURY ANNA NEXT TO DANIEL YOU MORONIC EVIL WICKED WOMAN!

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