New Bahamian citizen Anna Nicole Smith is dead

MIAMI, USA, February 9, 2007 – Just months after Anna Nicole Smith obtained permanent residency under controversy in the Bahamas, the former Playboy playmate and voluptuous Marilyn Monroe look-alike is dead.

Smith, according to Seminole Police, the former Mrs. Howard Marshall, died at the Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida after being found unconscious in her room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where she and current hubby, Howard Stern were staying.

Her death comes some five months following the sudden death of her 20-year-old son Daniel Smith. Daniel died last September in his mother’s hospital room just days after she gave birth to daughter, Dannielynn Hope.

An autopsy to determine the cause of her death is set for today according to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office. TRIMSPA executives, which has signed the former reality star and model as their spokesperson, called the death an end to Smith’s “grief stricken and tumultuous personal life.”

“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 find comfort in the presence of her son, Daniel,” said Alex Goen, CEO and founder of TRIMSPA in a statement yesterday.

Smith’s passing also comes ahead of the Bahamas’ March inquest into the mysterious death of Daniel. She was set to testify at the inquiry in the island she temporarily called home even though opposition leaders argue that she never should have been granted legal status in the Bahamas since she did not own the home she was living in at the time. Unsubstantiated allegations emerged that Smith paid a bribe to get citizenship quickly. The Bahamian Free National Movement alleged that Smith was given residency in a short three weeks but the country’s immigration minister, Shane Gibson, insisted that her residency took three months.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Smith was included in a class-action lawsuit against the company and was also embroiled in a legal battle over the paternity of her daughter. Larry Birkhead, an entertainment reporter and photographer, has claimed to be the baby’s father. A DNA emergency order was filed yesterday by Brikhead’s attorney and is set for this morning. But Smith attorney, Ron Rale, said he would be in court to oppose the order today.

The blond bombshell was also being sued by the Bahamas-based law firm, Callenders, for unpaid fees totaling $113,000.

Smith, a high school drop out, rose to fame after winning a Playboy contest. She went on to model Guess jeans and later married 89-year-old Texas oil magnate Howard Marshall II. After his death, she became embroiled in a battle for his estate with his son. The son, E. Pierce Marshall, died last year while the legal battle waged on. Now with both Marshall’s and Smith dead, it is hard to tell how the dispute will end. (Copyright