Anna Nicole Smith died today in Florida

Anna Nicole Smith, star of her own reality show from 2002 to 2004, died today at age 39. Last September, her son also died unexpectedly.

The Miami Herald reports “she collapsed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood” this afternoon, and “was in her room with her private nurse at the time she collapsed …The nurse called the hotel operator for help at 1:38 p.m.; seven minutes later, Smith was given CPR by her bodyguard at the Hard Rock before she was taken to the hospital.”

Her attorney told Reuters, “I can confirm that she is deceased. It’s as shocking to me as to you guys. I don’t know anything further. (Her lawyer and husband) Howard (K. Stern) obviously is speechless and grieving.”

A few days before her son died last September, from “a lethal combination of methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro,” she “gave birth to a daughter, Dannielynn, on Sept. 7 in the Bahamas,” according to the Herald. And “last week, three Los Angeles women filed suit Smith and the company she represented, TrimSpa Inc., accusing the company and its spokeswoman of using deceptive business practices to peddle the weight-loss supplement and of violating California’s unfair competition law.”

Anna Nicole Smith dies after collapsing at Hard Rock [Miami Herald]
Anna Nicole Smith dead at 39 [Reuters]

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