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Decomposing Anna

2/26/2007 3:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Anna's FeetSo it looks like we know what's going to happen to Anna Nicole Smith's body -- it's going to the Bahamas. But what's really going on with Anna Nicole's body -- as in, a body that's been deceased since February 8. (Warning: this can get a little grisly, so avoid ingesting within a couple hours of eating.)

TMZ got the details of decomposition from three prominent forensic scientists, including Dr. Arpad Vass of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a frequent consultant for police department nationwide, and here's the story.

For the first few days after you stop breathing and your blood stops flowing, your body's cells still think they're alive, and start to digest themselves from the inside, though your brain cells typically die within three to seven minutes after you do. Your skin, as it begins to get ingested by enzymes, begins to slough, slip, and shrink, causing sheets of skin to fall away; it's this shrinkage that explains the myth that your hair and nails continue to grow after death.

This is when things really get ugly, about four to six days after death. In what's known as putrefaction, bacteria begin to break down your body's tissues. The pancreas quickly digests itself, the gases in your abdomen start to blow up, causing green, blue and black colorations on the surface, and swelling within. Your tongue may shoot out of your mouth, and your body will begin to explode with sulphuric (i.e., really rotten egg-like) smells.

But here's the good news for Anna -- embalming will give the body up to a year of relief, especially if done well, with synthetic fluids. Dr. Vass tells TMZ that a body embalmed at the highest level of skill could be recognizable for up to two years.

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PerezSux    

DELETE THIS POSTING TMZ. There is no good reason for you to post these gruesome details on a freaking GOSSIP website. This is the LOWEST you have ever gone. You make me sick.

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Pamela Anderson    

Crap. I wish I wasn't eating a Tastycake when I read this. *spew*

2606 days ago
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Susan Hughes    

YIKESSSS!!!!!! Those can't be her real feet, are they?????

2606 days ago
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britt    

PLEASE TELL ME THATS NOT REALLY HER FOOT!besides thats kinda rude to put that

2606 days ago
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DJ    

Ewwww-there goes lunch.

2606 days ago
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Team Aniston    

Poor sweet thing!!! I hope they will let this child rest!!

2606 days ago
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Ravynne    

This commentary was necessary because??? No need for it, and totally disrespectful to a deceased person, come on TMZ, be better than that!

2606 days ago
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snoop    

JAMES BROWN IS STILL NOT BURIED 2 MONTHS NOW!!!

LET ANS GO HOME WITH HER MOTHER BRING DANIEL HOME!!!

STERN MURDERED TWO PEOPLE!!! HE ENABLED ANS!!!!

DO DNA AND SETTLE THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!

2606 days ago
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Jinxy Cat    

Don't let her ma read this, Anna may not get buried til
2009!!!

Rest in peace Anna

2606 days ago
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Only in    

Virgie I hope you decompose before you get back to Texas

2606 days ago
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LaReina    

I've read that Eva Peron was so well embalmed that when they opened her casket decades after her death, she looked just like she did the day she died. If Anna Nicole already looks awful, just weeks after she died, she probably wasn't embalmed very well. The news reports seemed to indicate she was embalmed at the coroner's office - huh? Not a funeral home?

Good grief, they should have just cremated her and divvied up the ashes, so all the parties could get their little piece of her. It's only her money they want, anyway.

2606 days ago
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PerezSux    

DELETE THIS. It is irresponsible, tacky and inappropriate for your "gossip" and "celebrity news" website. You are LAME.

2606 days ago
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DiddleySquat    

Eeewww! Sounds like an ad for cremation. Or for burying on the next day as done in many religions.

2606 days ago
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Anja    

Thanks for that visual...ewwwwwwwwwww

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zyski    

I was thinking her body was decomposig so rapidly because of all the plastic surgery she had.

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