Anna Nicole Smith, Dead at 39

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  1. Thorn

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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,250974,00.html

    Reality star Anna Nicole Smith died Thursday after collapsing at a South Florida hotel, one of her lawyers said.

    Smith, 39, did not respond to CPR, and her boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, was with her when she passed, her attorney, Ron Rale, told FOX News.

    The former Playboy Playmate was found unresponsive Thursday in her Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino room in Hollywood, Fla.

    Emergency responders performed CPR at the scene and a breathing apparatus was inserted in her throat, hotel officials told TMZ.com. Smith was immediately transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood just after 2 p.m. EST.

    Local streets were closed off to rush Smith to the hospital, three miles away. Paramedics were seen pumping her chest as she was taken from the hotel.

    Stern told "Entertainment Tonight" that her temperature was running high Wednesday night, and that the couple had been in Florida shopping for a new boat.

    "She checked in Monday at 8 p.m. as a guest. She was due to check out tomorrow," said Danielle Giordaano, a spokeswoman for the hotel.

    Smith has been no stranger to tragedy. Her 20-year-old son Daniel Smith died in his mother's hospital room in the Bahamas in September, three days after she gave birth to a baby girl, later named Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern.

    An American medical examiner hired by the family, Cyril Wecht, said Daniel had methadone and two antidepressants in his system when he died. Low levels of the three drugs interacted to cause an accidental death, Wecht said.

    She has also had legal troubles. Smith's current boyfriend and longtime lawyer Howard K. Stern, 38, says he is the father of Dannielynn. But Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead, 32, claims he's the father, and has sued to demand a paternity test.

    Last month, a judge in the baby dispute temporarily blocked an order forcing her daughter to undergo paternity testing.

    Rale questioned the legality of the test, saying Bahamian authorities needed to grant work permits before an American doctor could conduct the test.

    The judge granted a stay pending a hearing which was supposed to take place this week.

    Birkhead's attorney, Debra Opri, called Rale's request "a delay tactic." Birkhead sued in October to get a paternity test.

    Meanwhile, in a lawsuit filed last Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Smith and TrimSpa Inc. were sued in a class-action lawsuit alleging their marketing of a weight-loss pill is false or misleading.

    Early Years

    Anna Nicole Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 27, 1968.

    As a teenager, she worked at a fried chicken restaurant, and married Billy Smith at age 17 in 1985. The same year she had son Daniel Smith, but then divorced Billy and became a single mother in 1987.

    Smith worked a string of minimum wage jobs before turning to stripping. She met oil mogul J. Howard Marshall II in 1991 in Houston at a nightclub, where he was a frequent patron and she worked as an exotic dancer.

    Smith married Marshall, 63 years older than she, on June 27, 1994. She was 26, he was 89. The age difference sparked criticism and speculation, but Smith defended her marriage.

    Smith claimed to be very close to the aging billionaire and that while they loved each other, they married for companionship and his desire to support her rather than the conventional husband and wife lifestyle.

    When he died Aug. 4, 1995, Smith's fight with his son E. Pierce Marshall began for her share of the inheritance. She was accompanied by Howard’s other son, whom he’d disowned.

    In 2002, she was awarded $88 million, but that was reversed on appeal in 2004 when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals deemed her not one of Marshall's heirs. The Supreme Court decided in 2005 to hear her appeal of that decision.

    Her case reached the Supreme Court in February 2006 on the issue of the right of a federal judge to intervene in a state probate case.

    Anna won unanimously in a 9-0 vote announced May 1, 2006. She has not won her share of the estate entirely, but rather won the right to fight for it in federal court per the majority opinion written by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The case is Marshall v. Marshall, 04-1544.

    E. Pierce Marshall, however, died suddenly at the age of 67 due to an unspecified infection on June 20, 2006. The family has stated that they will continue to fight Anna's claims to the fortune.

    Other than small roles in movies like "Naked Gun 33 1/3," Smith has appeared mostly in soft-core porn movies. In 2002, E! Entertainment television gave Smith her own reality show called "The Anna Nicole Show" in the spirit of "The Osbournes."
     
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    Oh good grief!! Is this real?! Oh my goodness!!
     
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    It's real alright..and less than five months after the death of her son. Now the question is, was her death accidental, suicide, or foul play?
     
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    I heard about this at the bank. I wonder where all that money is going to go to. :(
     
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    It got announced at work tonight. (More like yelled across the store.) It doesn't seem like it could be real, even though it is.
     
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    OMG!!! i hadnt even known she has passed away, until i read this...an she hadnt even had the chance to resolve her court case over her share of her ex husbands estate....