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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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91.

Fongool    

I'm glad that TMZ provided this info - maybe now we'll all finally see how stupid and transparent it is to judge people based on what they look like. It's about time we all wake up to the fact that no matter how pretty or skinny you are, it all dissolves into complete ugliness. Judge Judy said it best: "Beauty fades, but dumb is forever!" Work on making your INSIDES beautiful instead!

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Amy Hinrichs    

This is disgusting and very disrespectful!!!!!!!

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93.

confused    

JAY< YOU ARE SICK AND IM SURE YOU DEATH WILL BE LESS THEN PLEASENT HAVE FUN WITH YOUR NARROW MINDED LIFE!!!!

2703 days ago
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confused    

THERE IS NO INTERGRITY ON THIS SITE WHICH IS MOST APPARENT considering my post are not being postet cause i have been bashing this site they arent putting them up it just shows you LEVIN IS A LIAR

2703 days ago
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.:coquin:.    

her son sat longer anyway. where you all of you martyrs then?

2703 days ago
96.

Jana    

Harvey Levin- you would make any parent proud. You get a law degree and what do you do? You work for a sleazy web site having an artist create a fake toe tag. You are white trash scum.

2703 days ago
97.

Rock of    

If thats her foot(which I really dont think it is) I bet the picture came from Virgie and her SPLASH reporter friend David Lee that accompanied he to the morgue.

2703 days ago
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Jo Gordon    

TMZ editor Howard, was just on Court TV and admitted this is an artists rendering photo, either way it is just so disrespectful to ANS. You know this photo is going to be printed by some newspaper as the truth, what a shame!

2703 days ago
99.

Adam    

That's great news! The body goes back to the Bahamas, and with a good embalming, Howard K. Stern will be able to continue to have sex with her for years!

2703 days ago
100.

Innocent UNTIL proven GUILTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

#5...you are an awful, awful person for posting that comment...no matter what your opinion is of ANS - have some kind of respect for the dead!!!

2703 days ago
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jane smith    

People see horror flicks because they want to. I didn't know this was a site for horror flicks. I don't watch them. Real life is scary enough.
I read it because I couldn't believe that someone would put a story out like this.
Get your lazy $$$$ reporters out there and find a real story. The person that did this story should be reprimanded. You have no class.
We don't want to see this garbage.

2703 days ago
102.

Me2    

Any body have a photo of Anna's feet to compare? That will put an end to that question.

Personally I don't believe those are a real photo of Anna's feet.

2703 days ago
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Team Howard    

You guys are right, TMZ / Harvey Levin, isnt letting many of our comments on the site. About 28 of us all wrote at the same time, they only posted the comments of 2 of us. This is NOT Anna Nicole's feet, but the thought that they tried to pull this off is disguising! Banfield & Ford called Harvey Levin out on this and he laughed! He never could get a good job anyway!

2703 days ago
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LARRY FAN    

I THINK "H.K.S." ENABLED "A.N.S." DRUG USAGE. "H.K.S." PROVED THAT IN HIS "CLOWN VIDEO". HE OVER STEPPED HIS DUTY AS HER LAWYER. I THINK HE WAS LOSING HIS CONTROL OVER HER. WHICH MEANT HE WAS LOSING HER MONEY. SO "H.K.S." LAYED THE FOUNDATION OF HIS PROCESS OF ELIMENATION. HE KILLED DANIEL. HE HAD "A.N.S." DO THESE TV INTERVIEWS SO HE WOULD HAVE DOCUMENTED PROOF. HE HAD HER TO GO TO THE BAHAMMAS. "A.N.S." RAN FROM HER MOTHER & LARRY CAUSE THEY DIDNT APPROVE OF HER LIFESTYLE OF DRUG USAGE. HE KILLED HER. WE HAVE A KILLER ON THE LOOSE. WHO`S HIS NEXT VICTOM? "HOWARD K. STERN" SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND PUT IN JAIL AND THE "KEY THROWN AWAY".

2703 days ago
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Me2    

Know what I think is funny about this post? Some of you are writing and writing how you feel and how disgusting this is. Then why are you responding to it? lol

Death is a part of life, just ask the undertaker # 76.

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