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Posted at 4:56 PM ET, 02/ 8/2007

Anna Nicole Dead: A Timeline

By Liz Kelly

Anna Nicole Smith, daughter Dannielyn Hope, Howard K. Stern and "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Mark Steines in Nov. 2006. (AP)

If you haven't already heard, Anna Nicole Smith died this afternoon in Florida. Outrageous in life, her death -- to which we are still reacting -- has already become a spectacle. Hugh Hefner is commenting (He's "saddened") and local TV stations are asking other Hard Rock hotel guests if they saw the model/actress/reality show star's blond hair as she was taken out on a stretcher. MSNBC has sent professional celebrity bad-news-breaker Nancy Grace in to cover the story.

Former boyfriend Larry Birkhead has been calling TV stations to share his shock, sadness and plans to press his paternity suit of child Dannielynn. Speaking of Dannielynn, no word yet on whether or not the child was with Smith, lawyer/kinda husband Howard K. Stern and a personal nurse at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where she died.

In reading through comments posted earlier, reaction from readers (at least Celebritology readers) is on the colder side of the spectrum. In the words of one anonymous commenter, who said her money was on Lindsay Lohan to go first: "It's just that these people live such crazy lives that it's not a surprise when they suddenly die."

Maybe so. I can't say I'm surprised, but I am saddened. Despite the success of Smith's reality show, her onetime status as a Playboy Playmate of the Year and Guess spokesmodel and the mother of two children who -- by all reports -- she loved very much, this woman's life was continually punctuated by tragedy. She now has met an equally tragic end.

A timeline chronicling the 39-year-old's tumultuous life follows below.

Nov. 28, 1967: Smith born as Vicki Lynn Hogan in Houston.

April 4, 1985: Smith marries fellow fast-food worker Billy Wayne Smith (they later separated in 1987 and divorced in 1993).

Jan. 22, 1986: Smith gives birth to son Daniel Wayne Smith.

1993: Smith named Playboy Playmate of the Year and signs contract to replace Claudia Schiffer as the official model of Guess clothing.

June 27, 1994: At age 26, Smith marries Texas billionaire J. Howard Marshall.

Aug. 4, 1995: Marshall dies.

1995 - present: Smith battles Marshall's family for a portion of his $1.6 billion estate. (Court documents)

2002 - 2004: The "Anna Nicole Show," a reality series chronicling the often kooky Smith's life, airs on VH1.

Oct. 2003: Smith becomes a spokesperson for the TrimSpa diet product, which she says helped her to lose 69 pounds.

May 1, 2006: U.S. Supreme Court rules that Smith should have the chance to pursue her claim on Marshall's estate in federal court.

June 1, 2006: In a video message posted on her official Web site (currently overloaded), Smith announces she's pregnant.

June 20, 2006: E. Pierce Marshall, son of J. Howard and Smith's main opposition to the claim, dies.

Sept. 7, 2006: Smith gives birth to daughter Dannielynn Hope in Nassau, Bahamas.

Sept. 10, 2006: Smith's 20-year-old son Daniel dies in Smith's Bahamas hospital room.

Sept. 26, 2006: Lawyer/companion Howard K. Stern announces to Larry King that he is the father of Smith's baby.

Sept. 28, 2006: Smith and Stern exchange vows in a "commitment ceremony." People magazine reportedly pays $1 million for photos of the ceremony.

Nov. 2, 2006: Pathologists say more drugs than initially reported found in body of Daniel Smith.

Feb. 7, 2007: Judge orders Anna Nicole Smith to submit to paternity suit pressed by photographer and ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead.

Feb. 8, 2007: Anna Nicole Smith dies in Hollywood, Fla.

Sources:
Wikipedia
Hollywood.com
Los Angeles Times

By Liz Kelly  | February 8, 2007; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  Anna Nicole Smith, Celebrities  
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Comments

Bush/Cheney and their cronies must be celebrating her death by now. I bet their dirty fingers are all over her death.

Posted by: John Campbell | February 8, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

She was not Paris Hilton.

Posted by: Fisch | February 8, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

another famous person died and it makes page 1. Thanks for reminding us again what's really important in life -- being a very entertaining ditz.

Posted by: ogden, utah | February 8, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

At least now, she can be with the "love of her life," 91 year old billionaire. I still can't believe how much of a crock that was. How she had any claim to that money, I'll never know.

I wouldn't be surprised to find out someone from that man's family was involved in her death.

Posted by: Call me cynical | February 8, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Your timeline omits this week's class action suit against TrimSpa in which Anna Nicole was named as a defendent.

Posted by: midge | February 8, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Hubby Howard was involved

Posted by: anon | February 8, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

May our LORD have mercy on Anna's soul. amen

Posted by: Prayer Box | February 8, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Despite it all~ I feel sorry for her. She suffered a lot with the death of her son and now this. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and her baby girl at this time. Now she is together with her son Daniel.

Posted by: Grace | February 8, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse

It is always sad that personal tragedy becomes a cause for public comment or analysis or ridicule just because a person is a "celebrity". Please remember that this was a real person - - with two children, that by all accounts she loved very much - and now leaves behind. Whatever the circumstances surrounding her death, it is always sad to see someone young and in the prime of life pass away.

Posted by: Bernie Schillo | February 8, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting theory, anon. There sure are a surprising number of deaths whenever Howard's around ... the son of Anna's late husband, Anna's own son, Anna herself ... but what motive would he have for HER death? She didn't have any money, did she?

Posted by: k.l. | February 8, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

What a shock ... even though her life was a train wreck, this is sad. I feel sorry for her baby daughter, who will never know her mother, and who will only have the tabloids' account of her life. In all likelihood she'll now have two weird men fighting over her paternity, too. Poor innocent girl.

Posted by: San Diego | February 8, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

How truly sad that Anna Nicole has died. She had so much going for her -- GORGEOUS and glamorous....just a bit mixed up and needing some help instead of people preying on her every move and mishap. What an absolutely NUTZOID comment that Bush/Cheney would be celebrating her death! I can't figure people out....

Posted by: Anon | February 8, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

my prayers are with Nicoles family,we have to remember this was her time to go,we have no control,she'll surely be missed

Posted by: Brenda | February 8, 2007 7:27 PM | Report abuse

i am not a huge fan...but ppl this was a person..another human being leave her alone and her family..let her and Danielrest in peace..prayers with Dannilynn

Posted by: not a fan | February 8, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Odd that her young son died mysteriously just five months ago; odd that she, a new mother, and just 39 should die in the same mysterious way. Could it be. . .hmmm. . . someone in Texas hired a 'hit'?

Posted by: nunyabiz | February 8, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

"...this woman's life was continually punctuated by tragedy..."

Yes, much in the same way the Kennedys' lives are "punctuated by tragedy:"

- Oh, the tragedy of drowning an innocent woman and running away from the scene because you're driving drunk!

- Oh, the tragedy of killing yourself and another innocent woman by arrogantly piloting a plane you are not qualified to fly under those conditions!

- Oh, the tragedy of slamming into a tree and dying because you're skiing backward down a mountain playing football!

- Oh, the tragedy of becoming a cokehead!

- Oh, the tragedy of dying of an O.D.!

- Oh, the tragedy of bludgeoning another 15-year-old to death!

Indeed, tragedy stalks that family. Much as it did Nicole Smith.

Posted by: Oh, please! | February 8, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

She was a person like everyone, show some respect. It is so easy to make fun, shame on those making jokes, she was someones daughter she was someones mother do you feel the pain they feel? think before you comment , god rest your soul nicole

Posted by: htd | February 8, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Ya Blame Bush for everything. You know he created the Hurricane that obliterated New Orleans. Bush has demi-god like powers to be able to affect everything in the world. Blame Bush for Anna's Death? Get Real!

Posted by: Karl | February 8, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Over the years I have laughed at her; however, I feel sad for her today. She came from a poor town/family in Texas and had very little support. I came from a similar background but somehow figured out how get to college, have a career and build a family. That's what many people want but she just couldn't figure out how to get it. I'm sure all of the drug use contributed to her poor judgment.

Posted by: agree with Grace | February 8, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

She lived a life that most of us didn't, but she did give some of us hope that we can make a dream come true. If Anna Nicole could do we certainly can. Despite the life she had lived she did make some of us happy and the world will never forget her and may God rest her soul and many blessings on her child and family at this time.

Posted by: Rob | February 8, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

This affects none of your lives.

Posted by: Carey | February 8, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Back to your meager lives, TV America.

Posted by: Carey | February 8, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I am not a huge fan...but ppl this was a person..another human being leave her alone and her family..let her and Daniel rest in peace..prayers with Dannilynn

I did not post this comment, but I agree...May she rest in peace.

Posted by: Faith | February 8, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Thank god... perhaps we can all get along with our lives now, eh?

Posted by: DanW | February 8, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Front page Washington Post. Stunning.

Posted by: Kevin Fitz | February 8, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really care?

Posted by: dumb blonde | February 8, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Apparently old man Marshalls son finally got his revenge!!!!! I just feel sorry for the poor little baby, one of those two jerks is going to be her father......I can see her life being as tragic as her mothers if either of them gets to keep her.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 8, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

"Odd that her young son died mysteriously just five months ago; odd that she, a new mother, and just 39 should die in the same mysterious way. Could it be. . .hmmm. . . someone in Texas hired a 'hit'"

Why is it odd for a woman who had just suffered a huge tragedy with the death of her son, has recently given birth and may have been suffering from post-partum depression to O.D.? It is ridiculous to say that someone hired a hit!
Just a thought... Does anyone else think that part of the reason she O.D. may be because she was finally ordered to submit her baby to a paternity test? It's an odd coincidence that she dies the day after it happens. Maybe she knew he was the father and couldn't face it? Just speculating. I do feel sorry for her though.

Posted by: ME | February 8, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Anna's son commits suicide after she gives birth to her baby. The court just ordered Anna to take a paternity test and Anna dies (suspiciously). I'm wondering if the father of that baby is indeed her son...

Posted by: Chris | February 8, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I presume that Anna Nicole was simply trying to get by in her lengthy career as an airhead, gold-digger, and so forth. (Whether she was such a numbskull in her private life is anyone's guess.) She won my sympathy, however, when, having a child and losing a child almost simultaneously, her life took on shades of a Shakespearian tragedy. As if things could get any worse, they in fact kept getting worse, including numbnuts lawsuits being thrown at her. Whether she intended her death or not, all that dogging is at least over for her. Does anyone really believe that Howard K. Stern is up for the same? Let this whole thing rest!

Posted by: Dianne | February 8, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts and Prayers go to Vicki's family. This is a real tragedy... My heart goes out to Daniellyn. And a word to the media - respect her in death as you didn't when she was alive!!

Posted by: anon | February 8, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow that's really sad. It wouldn't matter if she's famous or not. The girl lost her son and now she's lost her own life. And she has a baby who won't even know her own mother or brother. If this would have happened to someone who wasn't famous it would still be a sad thing. R.I.P Anna Nicole Smith

Posted by: Ttotheh | February 8, 2007 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope she is at peace now.
It is sad when anyone dies. When you have facts about someone pushed in your face over and over by TV and checkout line magazines, you can't help but pay a little attention. So as for people writing comments like "who cares" and "go back to your TV america", get over yourselves. You wouldn't be here writing if you hadn't noticed it as well.

Posted by: Andi | February 8, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

r.i.p. anna nicole smith

Posted by: glitter_mermaid | February 8, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I feel for her little girl more than anything...
what a way to begin your life...

Posted by: suprisingly saddened | February 8, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Gold digger? That's what you think Anna was? Do you people realize how many women out there do nothing but spend their husbands' money? Non-working women and ex-wives mooching off men deserve half the respect that Anna Nicole should get. She had the guts to make a living at least.

Posted by: Linda | February 8, 2007 9:33 PM | Report abuse

This messed up lady ended up just like Marylyn Monroe. Both were neglected and fatherless girls who spent their adult lives trying to get Daddy's approval by appealing to the lowest instincts of men.

She was a prostitue of sorts who I believe was used by the men in her life as much as she used men. Too bad she couldn't make something of her life instead of getting endless breast surgeries which may indeed have caused health problems which contributed to her death.

Posted by: Commenter | February 8, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: wowgold | February 8, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

3,114 americans are dead Iraq War to date.
Yet, the headlines focus on one idiotic, self absorbed woman -- there are no headlines for the 3114.
Pathetic.

Posted by: david in KS | February 8, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

3,114 americans are dead Iraq War to date.
Yet, the headlines focus on one idiotic, self absorbed woman -- there are no headlines for the 3114.
Pathetic.

Posted by: david in KS | February 8, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Grace does whatever it is she does for CNN, not MSNBC.

Posted by: claire | February 8, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

My 10-year-old daughter, watching the buzz and hype on the news this evening asked: "What is Nicole Smith so famous for?" The only reply I could think of is "taking off her clothes and letting people take photos of her."

Posted by: Paul | February 8, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that this is the most important news story right now. I turn to the newspapers rather than the television for at least a little more coverage of significant events around the world, and am disappointed by more fluff articles that should be marked "for entertainment purposes only." With all due respect to Ms. Smith and her loved ones, who cares that she died? Next week DC Votes is holding a lobby day as our District moves closer to the possibility of full voting rights. Right now, soldiers are being wounded for life, or worse, in Iraq and there is no serious vote occuring in congress about whether to end the war. We need to get our priorities straight in this country and start focusing on things that actually effect our lives and our planet. Besides, it's not as if this woman was Princess Diana.

Posted by: Amanda | February 8, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

One week a lame racehorse gets put down and the next a simpleton of a girl dies. The front page headlines are filled with them. Are we supposed to be stricken with grief over these two? I am not a cold hearted person but i dont get it. O yeah...and a buncha GIs died overseas this week...see page 2.

Posted by: jb | February 8, 2007 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Seems like there was more sympathy for that damn horse that was put down last week than for this girl. From what i hear they were probably of similar IQs but good god she was a human being.

Posted by: johnny g | February 8, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

You're right David in KS, the Iraq war is never in the news. It's not like there's a bio of every soldier who gave their life or anything. I'd say the covereage of the war had been pretty intensive. More so the Vietnam. Name one war where a bio of every soldier fallen was in the major papers.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 8, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I feel so sorry for her daughter. She will never know her mother or brother, and her father, whoever he is, will likely care more about controlling the inheritance money than taking care of her.

Posted by: Tirade | February 8, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry for all her Pain I wished she could have understood real love. all her emotinal needs were left unmet.
I hope in some moment in her sad end she was able to call on the name of the Lord.
and finally rest in HIS peace.

Posted by: Teesa | February 8, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Her life as a stripper, hustler and gold digger was saturated with DRUGS (coke, speed, what else??) It's surprising she lived this long. I can't believe she didn't die die of an overdose or somethig related.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 8, 2007 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?

Posted by: Jesse Whittemore, Louisville, KY | February 8, 2007 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Hello world

Posted by: Eleqw | February 8, 2007 10:53 PM | Report abuse

We have to strike the right balance here. I mean, you know there are those that are praying for her very soul and those that decry that many more bright and capable people died in Iraq over the last few and we are paying attention to...this example. And you know, I, as a smart poster type want to be the hand that bridges the gap in a sensitive yet poignant way. But in reality the honest question is: Oh heck why do I even bother commenting on this? She is a dumb gal who did herself in. Doesn't this happen all the time? I can't impress you folks with some really intelligent insight on this one. I think there would have to have been some sort of underlying theme of Anna-as-tragic-figure to draw you all together in a meaningful moment of transendance and understanding. But really, S*** happens to the stupid impaired.

Sorry to be existential, but sometimes your political background isn't enough to make points with Darwin.

me

Posted by: Still... | February 8, 2007 10:58 PM | Report abuse

What shallowness that we become so interested in the life and death of such a non-contributor to our collective well-being.
She was such a grotesque figure.

Posted by: dnels | February 8, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

She's dead Jim.

Posted by: Wowser | February 8, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Shame on those people around her for not getting her help all these years. The entire g*d world knew she was on some kind of drugs.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 8, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Our media has failed us-- Anna Nicole Smith's death makes the front page headlines?
Journalism is supposed to be about educating the general public on what's happening in the world, and while this might count, I'd certainly like to see more about the genocide in Sudan or something important. The death of someone who made her fortune from marrying an 89 year old man and then became famous for baring her body to the world... no wonder they're talking about the constant dumbing down of America.
When do we start expecting more from each other?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 8, 2007 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Shocking, and sad. My heart goes out to all who loved her.

http://www.celebrityfox.com

Posted by: Anon | February 8, 2007 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you America! Heave a heart or take your anger somewhere else. This is a human being we're talking about, and an innocent little baby girl just lost her mother and probably the only person that will ever truly love her... she's all alone now. Don't you get it? Anna rest in peace next to your son.

Posted by: Laura | February 9, 2007 12:07 AM | Report abuse

She made some ugly choices in life, and the world is marginally worse off because of her smutty, gross ways.

Too many of the commentators above are reacting as though she was forced into her dilemma by terrible fate, against her will. Spare me.

Please! Can our celeb-obsessed public kindly move on and put their priorities more where they matter?

Posted by: Christy | February 9, 2007 12:10 AM | Report abuse

We should be responsible in our coverage of the lives of these "stars" that the media creates, cultivates, and then force feeds us through tabloids, T.V. shows, and all the like.
Our lives and especially those of our children intimately reflect society's perception of morality, and contemporary mores, and the moderating factor here is the media.
If we glorify someone who dies through a controlled substance overdose, then we should equally be ready to withstand the aftermath... a slew of drug-related teen deaths.
Right now, the camel has a full load, may the media do their part and tone down on the coverage of the antics of some of these "stars", lest that proves to be the last straw. They have "been there, done that", for every deed or misdeed that may garner attention from news agencies. What is left is for them to want to die, and forever become famous like Anna Nicole Smith. Our children are watching, let us show them the right way.
Please get Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan off the air for their own sakes, otherwise, we would have to hold our breaths and wonder...who is next in line to fall?

Posted by: Epuli Abie | February 9, 2007 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Poor woman. I feel so sorry for her.

Posted by: Jon | February 9, 2007 1:00 AM | Report abuse

She was a very sweet woman, just made some mistkaes in life.
Imaging having her young son dead, the loose the battle in court.
Poor Anna, wonder why drugs were involved.
Rest in peace angel..

Thomas

Posted by: Anonymous | February 9, 2007 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Seems strange that in a relatively short time, that her fabulously wealthy husband dies, the stepson of her husband who tried to stop her from getting some money dies, her young son dies, then the paternity thing breaks out. Now shes dead as well. I wonder whos in line to get the money now, statistically this is too many deaths to be random Im guessing

Posted by: edgar | February 9, 2007 1:46 AM | Report abuse

howard k stern has been conspicuously absent. was he trying to save her? did he go to the hospital? where is he now? hmm

Posted by: jwg | February 9, 2007 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm no more than a mere young boy when anna nicole and her blonde hair was seen in various magazines and theres no denying her sexy good looks as a teenager and up until her passing,
Anna we will blog one for you baby!

Posted by: Best Celeb Skin | February 9, 2007 2:31 AM | Report abuse

A queen of Love & Beauty dies as Di. Long live
the new queen!

Posted by: Eliazon | February 9, 2007 5:47 AM | Report abuse

The # of posts on here is amazing. So much attention to a piece of white trash. WHO CARES???How about ONE SINGLE front page article on all the THOUSANDS of INNOCENT IRAQIS we've killed and keep killing? This is the by far the SICKEST NATION ON EARTH.

Posted by: mike d | February 9, 2007 6:51 AM | Report abuse

P.S. oh good god, those Iraqis "are human beings" too.

Posted by: mike d | February 9, 2007 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Hi,I,AM Rene from Holland.For me it seems that almost all celeberties are unhappy,and have a empty spirit.lot of money and drugs,is this an exemple to the world of a kind of the American dream?? to the world???
I,AM glad I,AM a European

Posted by: Rene | February 9, 2007 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Devastating news. R.I.P Anna Nicole.

Oh yeah, I can understand cable/tabloid news focusing on this story, but this one seems at best an item for the front page of the Style section. Definitely not front page news.

Posted by: Rick S | February 9, 2007 7:35 AM | Report abuse


This article has made the Washington Post Internet front page for 2 days running.
If only the Post would put a bright and shinning picture of the service man or woman who lost their lives everday similar to the way they have posted this celebrity wanna be. Headlines could read - "Another soldier dies in Irag, his name Johnny Smith wont be coming home to him Mother, wife,kids, community...." Then list a timeline of his life over the last 24 hours before his death. The Post should do this everyday that a service person is killed. MUCH more important than this poor poor manipulated woman. I feel for her story I do - but this is not front page news. The war - no health care - education and the lack of anything coming from our current administration is news.
Oh I forgot that does not have big boobs and blond hair.

Posted by: edra | February 9, 2007 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Why is this front page news? No impact on our lives at all. Much like Princess Diana. As nice as she was....I really did not care. Moving on...

Posted by: Media hound | February 9, 2007 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Can't we all just get along...???

Posted by: Saint Rodney King | February 9, 2007 8:18 AM | Report abuse

For some reason I always liked Anna Nicole and generally I'm not a big fan of woman who use their sexuality for monetary gain, but Anna Nicole was sweet at heart. Rest in peace Anna Nicole, you were the modern day candle in the wind.

Posted by: Richard Katz | February 9, 2007 8:21 AM | Report abuse

At least Anna got to marry the love of her life.

Posted by: Golddigger | February 9, 2007 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Good career move.

Posted by: Rabid Rabbit | February 9, 2007 8:26 AM | Report abuse

the even sadder thing than hearing that a person died (no matter if you knew them, they are famous for what ever or over in the military fighting for 'us') is the comments that are on here. Anna Nicole was a human being just like all of us, she had a family who loved her very much and a daughter who will never know the love from her mother or brother. It amazes me that people can be so caught up in their world and so negative that they forget at some point we all have to die. Would you want some person who doesn't even know you, spit on your grave? Or would you rather them say RIP? I was not fond of Anna Nicole but at least I have the human compassion to give my respect.

Posted by: Jay | February 9, 2007 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Rene,

Have you ever watched TV programming in Holland? Are you kidding me???

Posted by: Whatever | February 9, 2007 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I would think that the comments on the message board WOULD be cold considering none of those commenting even KNEW Anna Nicole Smith. John Donne said "No man is an island" and "Any 'man's' death diminishes me" and I believe that. But that doesn't mean my level of sadness, loss or grief is equal to that which I would feel if it were my child, my sibling, parent or dear friend. There's an awful lot of voyeurism going on these days.

Posted by: methinks | February 9, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Until they show me her actual dead body, I refuse to believe she's gone.

Posted by: miss belle | February 9, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Methinks,

I would agree with that. However, in an age with multiple outlets for mass media, if a person is going to live their lives in the media spot light then all aspects and stages of their life will be talked about flippantly. That includes death.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 9, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Go go Edra
So true, This country should really be looking at our Media sources.
Enough is Enough- give the American Public the News- the Facts - not headlines
Your are right unless all these things have Blond hair and Big Boobs its not going to rate front page news.

Posted by: greens | February 9, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Oh, please!

You are a ass!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 9, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse


Dear OH Please - You are a ass
Well you are for that comment,
that said go to Edra's comment and read before you misdirect and for that matter contribute nothing with your previous comment.
have a good day

Posted by: greens | February 9, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Dear OH Please - You are a ass
Well you are for that comment,
that said go to Edra's comment and read before you misdirect and for that matter contribute nothing with your previous comment.
have a good day

I call them like i see them. Anyone who makes fun of dead people is an ass.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 9, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be something if neither of the two men claiming to be the father of Anna Nicole's baby was?

R.I.P., Anna.

Posted by: Alex | February 9, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for Anna - her mother was so mean to her. Even in death, all her Mom can say is that Anna was on drugs. how about I love my daugther and I am going to miss her? How about I know she was not perfect but she is my daugther and I love her, etc.

Posted by: Patricia Kay | February 9, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens to a Texan with a pea-sized brain who makes it big-time.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 9, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I think the comment from Edra is valuable and correct- Celebrities are fun to read about yes - but this is not news at present it is gossip- because nothing is conclusive about her death etc.
The Iraq war is going on and people are dying and our media does not spend much time reporting about all the men and women that are risking life and limb everyday.
Its not meant to make fun - even though the comment was sarcastic it is real and should be placed everyday as a priority report not a celebrity death.

Posted by: kj | February 9, 2007 11:06 PM | Report abuse

This is about a person who started out in life in a tough way early on and made a series of bad choices as the years went on. Life happens by quarter inches and step by step, one gets in deep and can't get out.

Clearly, this woman was a drug user and apparantly an outright addict (methadone is quite the high). Word is that she slurred at many occasions and it seemed to go well beyond recently in terms of depression over her dead son.

She needed ongoing, bigtime rehab. Yes, she had very suspect morals, etc. etc. but until she was clean and sober, couldn't address those issues. With her $, why didn't she get the help she needed? Who were the people around her? Why would any man have a kid with her in this condition: the $? Used by one and all and died an ugly death.

RIP

Posted by: Bonehead | February 10, 2007 12:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry for her death and for her motherless baby, but I have to disagree with Philip Kennicott's characterization of her as a "courtesan". The great courtesans of the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries may have started out in the period equivalent of topless bars, but they set their sights much higher than Howard K. Stern or Larry Birkhead, and usually got their man. Although they were slightly scandalous fixtures of fashionable society, they didn't make public spectacles of themselves. And the most successful acquired and maintained an elegance and discretion that were unknown to Anna Nicole, God rest her soul.

Posted by: janetk | February 10, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Could be Daniel is the father, to much for him to handle so he takes his life and crawls in bed with her and passes. Then mom takes her life from guilt.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 10, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Sad ,very sad.Trash!Nothing more than sad Trailer Park Trash.Looking for love & MONEY as a lap /topples dancer. Looking for a father figure. Her poor kids! Born to a mother that was never happy even with money and trashy sex fame.Not to mention the so called scrip drugs. She was not Marilyn Monroe. J Howard Marshall her real husband.Nothing more than a Hoax!Joke! Howard K. Stern ,a pure moocher! A cancer that would not die! All he wanted was $$$ Just like Anna.She killed her son with drugs as well as herself with Stern waiting for it to happen. Stern the real father of the baby. Not a chance in HELL!" HELL " is where he will be when it is all said and done with ANNA.See ya,I'm going to kiss my kids good-night and tell them I love them! With real love!They will know it is real!!

Posted by: Theresa | February 11, 2007 12:41 AM | Report abuse

It is sad that many people can write disrespectful things about someone who just died. She was a woman and also a mother. Yes, her life was filled with drama, but whose life isn't? May the Lord be with her family.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 13, 2007 11:12 AM | Report abuse

With the new information released in the contents of the will, it appears that Howard Stern certainly had a lot to gain with the death of Daniel and Nicole. Knowing that he is the father of the baby and executor of the will which puts no restraints on executor spending raises many red flags for me. Arsenic poisioning as cause of death for both?

Posted by: wondering | February 19, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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