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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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76.

A concern fan    

This all seems to be the talk for now. What happen to letting a person rest in peace? and as far as Howard, Laryy and Virgie go which one really cares for little Danielynn. I for one think none of the above.
1. Howard wants to continue living the life he has come accustom too.
2. Virgie, well she said it herself on the stand
3. Larry, while he indeed may be the kids father, he sure is playing the anything for my daughter card well, when it all comes down to the mere fact that he will be living a sweet life as well on the money. Yes... he also stated that he doesn;t make that much on a journales salary either.

My prayors goes out the little Daniellynn.

2760 days ago
77.

I'm a fan    

You morons. Like her feet would look that good. How stupid are you people?

2760 days ago
78.

syma    

i want to know where vergie arthur is getting all this money for her very high priced legal team? she claims she has no money. anna, disliked her mother but her mother can't wait to get her hands on anna and her baby and the money. it does not matter who gets the baby all monies should be put into trust until the baby is 25 years old no one should be allowed to sell anything to do with anna, only her baby

2760 days ago
79.

Markus    

The body may be decomposing faster than usual, but I think Dr. Perper was making a bigger deal than it really was. He saw that fiasco in court, and being a rational and direct professional, he called in, using the only influence he had to speed things up in the probate hearing, and told the judge essentially to get moving. All the details that tmz posted are things that happen to a body that is not refrigerated. Now that the body has been embalmed, the processes described in this TMZ gem have been arrested or slowed down significantly.

2760 days ago
80.

Brendolyn    

Well there's a visual I didn't need. And yes, thanks to you Anna has been dissed in death. Shame on you TMZ. If I'd wanted to know what happens to the body after death I'd have Googled it. This is not what I expect to find on this website. Thank god I've got a strong stomach.

2760 days ago
81.

jeannie howard    

I THINKTHE RUDE PICTURE( NOT REAL ) OF ANNAS FEET IS A DISGRACE TO TMZ WHY WHY WHY WOULD YOU PUT THIS IN YOUR PAPER ITS ALREADY FULL OF LIES AND GREED! I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE GREEDY vergie arthur AND HANG HER BY THE HIGHEST TREE,WITH TAR AND FEATHERS!!!!! SHE WAS NO MOM AND WOULD BE A WORSE GRANDMOTHER!!! MABEY ANNA DIDNT ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING BUT SHE LOVED HER SON VERY MUCH AND SHOULD BE BURIED WHERE SHE WANTS ,AND WHOM EVER THE DAD IS SHOULD HAVE CUSTODY OF HER DAUGHTER!!!

2760 days ago
82.

What the Hell?    

My question is - who is paying her "Virgies" legal fees?

Could she have struck a deal with the Marshall family-if she gets the baby-they pay her legal fees and settle out of court on the Estate?

Tmz why haven't you checked into this?
by Lori

2760 days ago
83.

howie aint had any in 10 yrs!    

Of course this is NOT a pic ANS! damn ppl do you really think they would put that on here?????????????? use your head! that is something straight out of photoshop just to make you read the story, and it seems to have worked on some of the idiots on here. I found it to be informative as to what was really going on! RIP ANNA, life was hard but now you will be w/ Daniel.

GO LARRY!!!!! unofficial team birkhead fan!

2760 days ago
84.

Jennifer    

Can't wait for Halloween!

2760 days ago
85.

premier    

"I hope howard k stern sues you all."

I agree. People who are clueless to the actual facts and law are just mouthing off making unsupported accusations.

I keep saying...this isn't about her mother, Larry or Howard or what the general public thinks. This is all about what Anna wanted. Have some respect for that...and that is the law.

2760 days ago
86.

.:coquin:.    

all of you are completely retarded. why did you read the article if you were so offended by the picture? it's not anymore offensive than a dvd or mystery novel cover! maybe you *should* go to another site, you are probably the ones who leave the comments about howard being innocent anyway- we don't need you here! we just need the facts- thanks for the info TMZ!

2760 days ago
87.

Julie    

OMG, THIS IS NOT A PICTURE OF ANNA, ARE YOU ALL REALLY THIS STUPID?

2760 days ago
88.

repost    

That toe tag doesn't mean she is going anywhere everyone get that when they die to keep the body identified. Does not mean she is ready for shipment.

I doubt that is her body anyway. But toe tags are manditory to keep the body identified.

2760 days ago
89.

confused    

this website makes me sick i can not even believe you would entertain this picture. Mr. levin you are supposed to help people not victimize them in death you should be ashamed of yourself and your website!

2760 days ago
90.

.:coquin:.    

the rate of decomposition has been increased due to the fever she (allegedy) had. this would cause the bacteria to speed up it's rate of metabolizing the body. plastic surgery has nothing to do with the rate bacteria breaks down a body.

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