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Anna Nicole Smith collapses, dies at 39
AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/07 | Suzette Laboy

Posted on 02/08/2007 1:17:38 PM PST by NormsRevenge

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Anna Nicole Smith, the former Playboy playmate whose bizarre life careened from marrying an octogenarian billionaire to the untimely death of her son, died Thursday after collapsing at a South Florida hotel, one of her lawyers said.

Smith, 39, collapsed and was unresponsive while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino, said the attorney, Ron Rale. She was rushed to a hospital.

"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 had been a tabloid staple even before she became Playboy's playmate of the year in 1993. Readers were fascinated by her bombshell good looks, her marriage to an elderly billionaire and subsequent court fight over his estate, her weight fluctuations, and last year, the sudden death of her 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith.

A former topless dancer, she made her name squeezing into Guess jeans. She resembled the late actress Marilyn Monroe, a similarity played up in her Guess magazine ads, billboards and department store displays.

In 1994, she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, the head of oil-based Koch Industries, which is part of a family fortune worth at least $400 million.

He died in 1995, setting off a feud with her former stepson, E. Pierce Marshall, over whether she had a right to his estate.

A federal court in California awarded Smith $474 million in a complicated legal twist that began after she declared bankruptcy. That was later overturned.

But in May, the U.S. Supreme Court revived her case, ruling that she deserved another day in court in her battle with her former stepson.

The justices said only that federal courts in California could deal with her case despite a Texas state court ruling that Marshall was the sole heir to the estate.

Then, the stepson died June 20 at age 67. But the family said the court fight would continue.

Daniel Smith died Sept. 10 in his mother's hospital room in the Bahamas, just days after she gave birth to a daughter.

An American medical examiner hired by the family, Cyril Wecht, said he 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.

Meanwhile, the paternity of her now 5-month-old daughter remained a matter of dispute.

She was born Vickie Lynn Hogan on Nov. 28, 1967, in Houston, one of six children of Donald Eugene and Virgie Hart Hogan.

She married Bill Smith in 1985, giving birth to Daniel before divorcing two years later.


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1 posted on 02/08/2007 1:17:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Sad it seems she was in turmoil her whole life
Rip


2 posted on 02/08/2007 1:19:00 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: NormsRevenge

I smell suicide


3 posted on 02/08/2007 1:19:33 PM PST by Domandred
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To: NormsRevenge
It's a shame ... because of the past her 5 month old daughter is the one that will end up paying for Mom's notoriety.
4 posted on 02/08/2007 1:20:29 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: NormsRevenge

Whoa, On Fox they've just been saying she was found unresponsive, not that she has died.

Even when she was behaving crazily, there was always something very pitiable about her. Sad life-may she rest in peace.


5 posted on 02/08/2007 1:20:39 PM PST by sockmonkey
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To: Domandred

No one can know what pressures she was feeling or has experienced in her lifetime, especially recently.


6 posted on 02/08/2007 1:20:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge

Strange situation. Somewhat Monroe-esque in ways.


7 posted on 02/08/2007 1:20:58 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: sockmonkey

Most likely OD.


8 posted on 02/08/2007 1:21:10 PM PST by Patrick1
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To: NormsRevenge

Well. They come in 3's. Who will be the other 2 large breasted, drug induced, ego maniacs?


9 posted on 02/08/2007 1:21:20 PM PST by albie
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To: All

Keep it clean, folks. I have to step out for a bit.


10 posted on 02/08/2007 1:22:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge

"Meanwhile, the paternity of her now 5-month-old daughter remained a matter of dispute."

Isn't this girl now rich as all get out?


11 posted on 02/08/2007 1:22:28 PM PST by Locomotive Breath (In the shuffling madness)
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To: NormsRevenge
Only bad things have happened to Anna since she hooked up with this lawyer.

(But even Anna didn't deserve all this misery!)

12 posted on 02/08/2007 1:22:46 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: albie

Would Clinton and Pelosi qualify?


13 posted on 02/08/2007 1:23:05 PM PST by RedCell ("...thou shalt kill thine enemy before he killeth you by any means available" - Dick Marcinko)
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To: NormsRevenge

Witnesses say that Ms. Smith was reportedly babbling and muttering incoherently, but no one saw anything out of the ordinary until she collapsed.


14 posted on 02/08/2007 1:23:44 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Patrick1
Most likely OD.

Two mysterious deaths in the same family...a family that was likely to become very,*very* rich equals murder investigation IMO.

15 posted on 02/08/2007 1:23:53 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: sockmonkey

RIP Anna Nicole. I feel so bad for her baby.


16 posted on 02/08/2007 1:25:59 PM PST by EdnaMode
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah. I feel pity for that person, glad that I am not her. Just another example of fame and fortune not being the key to happiness.


17 posted on 02/08/2007 1:26:17 PM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

J. Howard was a shareholder in Koch Industries, not the owner.


18 posted on 02/08/2007 1:26:48 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: domenad

What?


19 posted on 02/08/2007 1:27:06 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

let's see - the son dies, she dies, the new baby is the heir to all the cash.

who is the father of that baby?


20 posted on 02/08/2007 1:27:24 PM PST by oceanview
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To: NormsRevenge

Mother said Marilyn got more publicity than her 'talent' deserved, and I'll say the same to my children about this woman, if they ever ask.


21 posted on 02/08/2007 1:27:52 PM PST by Melinda
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To: Domandred

We need Colombo on this.


22 posted on 02/08/2007 1:28:24 PM PST by Max01
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To: Gay State Conservative
An American medical examiner hired by the family, Cyril Wecht, said he 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.

If she had the same cocktail, seems like murder to me.

23 posted on 02/08/2007 1:28:46 PM PST by Kryptonite (Keep Democrats Out of Power!)
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To: oceanview

Most likely Larry Birkhead.. however, the baby is still in the Bahama's and Howard K Stern signed the Birth Certificate and in the Bahama's the husband is considered the father... this is now one very rich baby and HKS is going to fight to keep from having that paternity test and losing his meal ticket. (sorry to be so blunt).


24 posted on 02/08/2007 1:29:14 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: EagleUSA
"She checked in Monday at 8 p.m. as a guest. She was due to check out tomorrow,"

Apparently she did.

25 posted on 02/08/2007 1:29:15 PM PST by They'reGone2000 (<---- and I DON'T want to change my name to They'reBack2008!)
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To: Locomotive Breath
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2006

CBS/AP) The Supreme Court ruled Monday that one-time stripper and Playboy magazine Playmate Anna Nicole Smith could pursue part of her late husband's oil fortune.

Justices gave new legal impetus to Smith's bid to collect millions of dollars from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II. Her late husband's estate has been estimated at as much as $1.6 billion.

(Not sure if she ever won anything. ..was still fighting for it. Let me know if I'm wrong.)

26 posted on 02/08/2007 1:29:23 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Agreed. But how on earth could a court grant her the entire family fortune after being married for just a year. Oh thats right it was a KALIFORNICA COURT! Where logic and sanity have no place.


27 posted on 02/08/2007 1:29:55 PM PST by Jazzman1 (l)
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To: NormsRevenge

I heard on the radio she was found unresponsive in a hotel room, and just couldn't figure out why that was news.


28 posted on 02/08/2007 1:30:07 PM PST by Spok
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To: NormsRevenge

We seem to have an abundance of cold SOB's on FR that like to kick 'em when they're down. Smith obviously had her share of personal problems and controversy but doesn't deserve the treatment some are giving her here. I hope she finds the peace she deserves in the next life that she didn't find in this world. Terribly sad. RIP.


29 posted on 02/08/2007 1:30:20 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Arizona Carolyn

you are exactly right.


30 posted on 02/08/2007 1:30:52 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Exactly - this will get even uglier now.


31 posted on 02/08/2007 1:31:04 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: EdnaMode

Most likely that baby hasn't had a mother since the day Daniel died at the hospital. Everything I've ever read since indicated she was always very sedated because of her grief.


32 posted on 02/08/2007 1:31:09 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: They'reGone2000

Sounds like a Janis Joplin moment.


33 posted on 02/08/2007 1:31:15 PM PST by CobraJet
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To: Kryptonite

HKS managed to dump Daniels drugs down the toilet in the hospital before the authorities arrived... they are saying he didn't accompany her to the hospital..


34 posted on 02/08/2007 1:32:25 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Melinda

I have never labored under the notion that there was a connection between amount of talent and amount of publicity garnered, c.f. Madonna, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, need I go on?


35 posted on 02/08/2007 1:33:04 PM PST by dmz
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To: oceanview
let's see - the son dies, she dies, the new baby is the heir to all the cash.Who is the father of that baby?

One of many compelling questions that can be asked.

36 posted on 02/08/2007 1:33:17 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: They'reGone2000

"She checked in Monday at 8 p.m. as a guest. She was due to check out tomorrow,"
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Given her rather radical and bizarre lifestyle, it will be interesting to see the autopsy results....my guess, OD on drugs.


37 posted on 02/08/2007 1:33:18 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: NormsRevenge
Why do "beautiful" people get screwed up so early in life and pass on and the Ugly just keep on going...


38 posted on 02/08/2007 1:33:24 PM PST by Dallas59 (HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!)
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To: They'reGone2000

...but she can never leave...


39 posted on 02/08/2007 1:33:51 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Locomotive Breath

Still in dispute (both the paternity and the fortune). A court needs to appoint a heavy-duty independent legal guardian for this poor little infant before sundown. And order round-the-clock security for her.


40 posted on 02/08/2007 1:36:43 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Kryptonite
If she had the same cocktail, seems like murder to me.

Certainly worth investigating.But I'm unclear as to which family hired celebrity pathologist Wecht.In a case of dueling pathologists,I'd believe the one working for the government rather than a celebrity one hired by an individual who might have something to hide.IMO,Wecht's opinion deserves no more credibility than did Dr Henry Lee's testimony in the OJ case.

41 posted on 02/08/2007 1:38:19 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Interesting....looks like this guy Stern may have a hand in all of this.


42 posted on 02/08/2007 1:40:20 PM PST by Kryptonite (Keep Democrats Out of Power!)
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To: Jazzman1

If one gets married, why wouldn't the spouse inherit everything, unless each party made special provisions. If this man wanted to leave his estate to someone other than his spouse, he should have done so. By the way, I don't think the Courts involved here were in California. (Certainly not the Supreme Court)


43 posted on 02/08/2007 1:42:47 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Gay State Conservative

I'd believe Wecht over anybody from the Bahamas. Ever been there?

I don't think anybody else ever did any testing...


44 posted on 02/08/2007 1:43:02 PM PST by Kryptonite (Keep Democrats Out of Power!)
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To: Jazzman1

It's not at all clear that the old man didn't know what he was doing when he left his fortune to her. At least one of his two sons was a useless ne'er-do-well who was just living off daddy's money. Quite possibly both of them were just a little too eager for daddy to die. Best revenge for a billionaire in that situation is to marry some cute young thing and leave the fortune to her. It's also notable that the sons never challenged their father's mental competence before they discovered he'd left his fortune to Anna Nicole. Why weren't they concerned about his mental competence when he decided to marry? Why weren't they concerned about his competence to manage his own affairs? If he really wasn't mentally competent you'd think that his sons would 1) be aware of that, and 2) take legal measures to have a guardian appointed. The only reason I can think of that they wouldn't have done that is that they knew they wouldn't be able to must evidence of his incompetence in court; in other words, they knew he wasn't mentally incompetent.


45 posted on 02/08/2007 1:43:34 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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I'm not sure they are legally married.


46 posted on 02/08/2007 1:44:17 PM PST by sarasota
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To: SpaceBar

Right. It is just sad.


47 posted on 02/08/2007 1:45:37 PM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: nickcarraway

In many jurisdictions the surviving spouse gets half and the children of the decedent get the other half, if there is no will. Or, if a will is executed before marriage, the marriage supercedes the will and this rule is implemented.


48 posted on 02/08/2007 1:46:01 PM PST by Kryptonite (Keep Democrats Out of Power!)
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To: sarasota

I heard it isn't legal in the USA.


49 posted on 02/08/2007 1:46:59 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Dallas59

If life was fair, we'd all be Greek Gods.


50 posted on 02/08/2007 1:47:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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