So Anna Nicole Smith is dead... she is more like Marilyn Monroe now then ever before. She loved Marilyn so much, and now she died like her as well. "I want to be the new Marilyn Monroe" she said, in her Playboy questionnaire. I'm sure there was a lot of drugs in her system... I think she was a very depressed woman, especially since the death of her son. I don't think she ever got over it. Well, no mother gets over the death of a child, and I think it just ate away at her until she died. I feel truly sorry for her little baby girl. People are ruthless and it's all about the money, so I can just imagine the court battles now. I think Howard K. Stern was either a) really a good man who loved her and their daughter (whether or not he is the biological father is yet to be determined, but I think he'll make a better dad then that Larry guy who claims to be the real dad) or b) a really smart guy who slowly killed Anna Nicole Smith and perhaps even her son. Who knows.... it's just a very sad situation. I hope the truth comes out. I hope Danni-Lynne has loving care-givers and I hope she doesn't really follow in her mom's footsteps. Supposedly (and not hard to believe) there were illigal drugs found in her hotel room. I feel sorry for her. Here is more information from www.people.com:
How did she die? Unknown. An autopsy Friday and a toxicology test will ultimately decide cause of death. Smith had battled health problems recently and there was a nurse in the hotel room with her. It's not known why the nurse was there, but Smith was hospitalized in November for pneumonia and suffered flu-like symptoms before her death. Also, Cyril Wecht, the Smith-hired pathologist who believed Smith's son died of a combination of medication and a heart condition, says that Smith could have had the same heart problem.
What's the status of the inheritance?It had been looking good for Smith. She claimed her late husband, oil billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall II, promised her millions. After he died in 1995, she tangled with Marshall's son. A California bankruptcy judge awarded Smith $474 million, later overruled by a federal judge who reduced it to $88 million. An appeals court then ruled she was entitled to nothing because the federal courts lacked jurisdiction in a matter that should be handled in Texas state court. But the Supreme Court recently overturned that decision, and allowed lawyers to go the next round in federal court, which is where the case stands.
Would Dannielynn get the inheritance? Unknown. As Smith's only surviving child – son Daniel died three days after Danielynn's birth – the daughter is theoretically entitled to most if not nearly all of Smith's estate, including any inheritance. Smith's death, however, throws the already tangled inheritance fight into chaos. Also, it's still unknown whether Smith had a will, and, if so, what provisions she made for her daughter. If she died without a will, by law everything would go to Dannielynn. The matter likely will be tied up in courts for years.
Were Howard K. Stern and Anna Nicole Smith ever legally married?No. They had what they called a "commitment ceremony" on Sept. 28 in the Bahamas, but it was not legally binding under Bahamian or American law. "They were partners, soul mates," says Smith's lawyer.
Who is Dannielynn's father?Unclear. Both Stern and photographer Larry Birkhead, a former boyfriend of Smith's, claim paternity. Just the day before Smith's death, the judge in a suit brought by Birkhead ordered DNA tests of Smith and the baby to determine the father. Shortly after she died, Birkhead's lawyers sought an emergency order to have DNA taken from Smith's corpse, which Smith's attorney denounced as "the lowest form of behavior one could imagine."
Who will have custody of Dannielynn?For now, Stern. The question of custody is intertwined with paternity, and the courts will ultimately decide. Currently, Stern considers himself the father and is maintaining custody of the baby, though at the time of Smith's death, the child was in the Bahamas with friends of Smith.
Was she taking drugs at the time of her death? Yes, flu medication, according to a source. The toxicology test will determine whether she had been taking any other legal or illegal drugs. Smith also was under a psychiatrist's care, but it wasn't known whether she was taking drugs as part of her treatment.
Why was she in Florida?Apparently for vacation. Police say she was a "frequent patron" of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and had shot a TrimSpa video there last year. She had checked in on Monday and was scheduled to leave on Friday.
Is Stern a suspect?Not identified. Police have not even determined if there was foul play, much less identified anybody as a suspect. Stern had gone to Florida with Smith, but police have not disclosed whether he was in the hotel room with her when she collapsed.
How does this affect the investigation into her son's death?It doesn't. Bahamian authorities will go forward next month with the inquest into 20-year-old Daniel's death last September. Authorities want to hear from Stern, who was present during Daniel's death and was also with Anna Nicole during her trip to Florida.
"I'm very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and loved ones during this difficult time." – Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, in a statement to CNN
"She was a special person; she was an unusual person. She was genuine; she was funny; she had some class. I feel very, very sorry for everybody concerned, but mostly for that little girl."– Larry King
"She had something magic ... This is a very tragic and sad day ... Personally I feel she did not recover from the loss of her son Daniel who was the love of her life." – Paul Marciano, CEO of Guess jeans, in a statement to CNN
"PETA is extremely upset by the news of Anna Nicole Smith's untimely death. She was a great friend to animals and used every opportunity to speak out against senseless cruelty. We always thought Anna Nicole was a perfect fit for PETA because, just like us, she not only hated cruelty to animals and loved her dog ... It is a tragedy when anyone passes away before their time, but with Anna Nicole, animals have lost a true hero and PETA has lost a good friend. We will miss her." – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"E! Networks is deeply saddened by the tragic news of Anna Nicole Smith's death. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones."– E!, which broadcast The Anna Nicole Show from Aug. 2002 - Feb. 2004
"Today, Anna Nicole Smith's grief-stricken and tumultuous personal life came to an end. Anna came to our Company as a customer, but she departs it as a friend .... Anna knew both the joy of giving life, and the heartache of losing a child. We pray that she is granted the peace that eluded her more recent days on earth, and that she finds comfort in the presence of her son, Daniel." – Alex Goen, CEO of Trimspa