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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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Amanda    

So happy that her body will be laided to rest in the Bahamas. RIP ANS!!! Let's see if the public gets to see her body now....

2711 days ago
17.

Rosebud    

Okay, this is sick and pretty unnecessary. But I'm as guilty as anyone because I read it! I guess you are catering to people's wild imaginations. I just hope the people who really loved and cared for her don't see it. You don't want to hear those kind of things about your loved ones.

2711 days ago
18.

sam    

T.M.I.

2711 days ago
19.

premier    

Delayed embalming is not as effective as timely embalming. And embalming will not reverse decomposition. I have seen the blackness of decaying skin on the face of a 4 day old body. It is not like a bruise. It is pitch black and starts around the mouth and moves outward. Not a pretty site. This should not have happened to Nicole.

2711 days ago
20.

Bee    

So why is her body decomposing faster than normal according to Perper? Did she have some natural occurance that may have helped her demise? Maybe she wasnt murdered....

2711 days ago
21.

Go Howard    

Just unbelievable. I'm done with this site.

2711 days ago
22.

had enough    

Thanks TMZ- On the day after the Oscars, was there nothing else you could have found to post on this site?

2711 days ago
23.

lisa    

HI TMZ I REALLY THINK YOU ARE SICK BY WRITING THIS THINGS ABOUT ANA NICOLE JUST LEVE HER ALONE STOP WITH ALL YOUR NASTY COMMENTS ABOUT HER YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT WHEN YOUR MOTHER DIES TO PEOPLE TO TALK SHIT ABOUT HER LIKE YOU TALK ABOUT ANA GET A LIFE YOU PEOPLE ARE SICK I REALLY HOPE WHEN YOUR FAMILY MEMBER DIES NO ONE WILL TALK ALL THE SHIT YOU BEEN SAYING ABOUT ANA YOU ARE NOT BEEN PROFETIONAL.

2711 days ago
24.

snoop    

JAMES BROWN STILL ISNT BURIED 2 MONTHS NOW!!!

LET ANNA GO HOME WITH MOTHER BRING DANIEL HOME!

DO DNA LETS GET THIS OVER WITH!!!

BAHAMAS DO THE RIGHT THING!!

2711 days ago
25.

???    

Isn't that what's happening to Michael Jackson?

2711 days ago
26.

Team Howard    

Harvey (TMZ.com) are you really this desperate!!!! Come on you sick man!

2711 days ago
27.

marie harland    

you are all just terrible people and don't have any of your facts together. as we all know every dog has their day. Hope you get yours soon. the way you have treated the anna nicloe case is a crime. i hope howard k stern sues you all.

2711 days ago
28.

Dottie    

Did we really need to know this?

Gancarski, it was reported by the medical examiner that did the autopsy that her body was decomposing very rapidly.

Does this mean there will be a public viewing? I hope not.

2711 days ago
29.

Tammy    

I hope that is not a real photo of her feet. If it is TMZ has sunk to a new level.

2711 days ago
30.

BronzedDawn    

I hope ANS mother has read some of these comments and stories as we all have- maybe that woman's conscience will make her think of her own mortality and what is going to happen to her upon her demise...I can almost bet it will not be as publicized nor as lavish...maybe her employers will give her a 2 gun salute..lol...sheesh

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