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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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31.

Puter Boi    

Harvey Levin has no conscience...

The TMZ staff should be ashamed of themselves, but of course...when you feast from the bodies of the dead and dying....you cannot feel shame.

2761 days ago
32.

Pam    

Isn't she in the freezer like a popsicle? She should hold for a while... yikes

2761 days ago
33.

Team Howard    

Come on Harvey Levin!!! Are you this desperate for a story! Court TV is making fun of you for this one!!! You always have been a flunky!!!

2761 days ago
34.

Jordan Sinclair    

Unfortunately this STILL isn't enough to get this poor girl buried! That's the REAL sickening part!

2761 days ago
35.

igglefan    

#2-hahahahehehehe

2761 days ago
36.

TammyB    

How sick are you Harvey Levin.

2761 days ago
37.

Sooz    

Bury her already!

2761 days ago
38.

loribrandenburg@yahoo.com    

Could her possible drug use have contributed to her body breaking down faster than is the norm?

2761 days ago
39.

David Orbach    

A deceased Anna Nicole, decomposing, but still in clown makeup. Now, THAT's hot!

2761 days ago
40.

LB    

DOES ALL THE PLASTIC SURGERIES/AUGMENTATIONS INCREASE THE RATE OF BODY DECOMPOSITION?

2761 days ago
41.

Sterns an ASSHOLE!    

This Post was not neccessary.
Lest we forget it took 39 days for Anna to bury her son. What goes around comes around!
James Brown isn't buried yet and he died on Christmas Day.
How many politicians and the like are flown around from place to place lying in "state " for all to see weeks following their deaths.
We are a morbid bunch!

2761 days ago
42.

Tammy    

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww all the way around!

2761 days ago
43.

jimmy    

they need to put her to rest.................................

2761 days ago
44.

PJ    

If her body was embalmed at the highest level why is she decomposing? Maybe they did not embalm her at all...

2761 days ago
45.

Just Wondering    

Shame on you TMZ

2761 days ago
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