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]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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