2007_02_annanicole.jpgJust after her son died, and just after her new baby girl was born, it has been announced that Anna Nicole Smith has now died at age 39. She had been at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino, where she collapsed in a room. The police say there was no child in the room, but there was a personal nurse with her. Her bodyguard had performed CPR; apparently a paramedic said Smith was dead when he got to the room. Smith was pronounced dead at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida; an autopsy will be performed tomorrow.

Sure, she led a bizarre life: From stripper to billionaire's wife (and Playboy playmate and Guess? Jeans model in between), she had a wild reality show and became a spokeswoman for Trim-Spa. She was on diet pills, and who knows what else, that could have attributed to her death...but Smith also had a brand new husband partner, her lawyer Howard K. Stern. Seems a bit odd that her and her son would both die within months of each other, and you know, there's a lot of money at stake. The early guesses are saying it was likely a heart problem.

Anna Nicole certainly had a life blanketed with trauma and lawsuits, especially recently. Larry King is on CNN discussing it with Wolf Blitzer right now, saying he'll be dedicating his hour to her tonight - where, as the story unfolds, there will likely be more information on how this happened. This whole week, Entertainment Tonight had segments planned about her - so now they have her "last interview before her death."

Wikipedia is already updated! Learn more about Smith's life there.

Update: Hugh Hefner said, ""I am 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." People has a look back at her life. TMZ reports that the DNA issue over her baby daughter Danielynn's paternity will still be discussed tomorrow at a court hearing.


Top photograph of Anna Nicole during her Supreme Court appearance last year (she won) by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP; bottom photograph of Anna Nicole and companion/lawyer Howard K. Stern at a boxing match last month by Wilfredo Lee/AP