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12:55 PM ET, February 9, 2007


 Top News: 
Access Hollywood:
EXPLOSIVE NEW CLAIM: SMITH CHOKED ON HER OWN VOMIT  —  According to a credible source, an employee of Anna Nicole Smith found her in her room in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.  The employee pulled back a sheet and discovered that she appeared to have choked on her own vomit.
Anna Nicole Smith Autopsy, Paternity Hearing Today  —  A day after Anna Nicole Smith's death, her autopsy will be conducted, as will an emergency hearing to decide whether a court-ordered DNA sample can be taken from her body to help determine the biological father of her daughter, Dannielynn.
Anna Nicole's Death: The Key Questions  —  Following Anna Nicole Smith's death Thursday in Florida, many key questions remain:  —  How did she die?  —  Unknown.  An autopsy Friday and a toxicology test will ultimately decide cause of death.  Smith had battled health problems recently …
Autopsy begins for Anna Nicole Smith … HOLLYWOOD, Florida (CNN) — Investigators began an autopsy Friday to help determine the cause of Anna Nicole Smith's death, according to the Broward County medical examiner's office.  —  There was no indication how long the autopsy would take …
Discussion: A Socialite's Life and Felt Up
Anna Nicole Smith dies after collapsing in hotel … (CNN) — Reality TV star and former model Anna Nicole Smith was pronounced dead Thursday after being taken to a Florida hospital, a law enforcement source told CNN.  —  Smith, 39, collapsed at a south Florida hotel, according to news reports.
Access Hollywood:
Access Exclusive: Rosie On Anna Nicole's Death  —  In an exclusive statement to Access Hollywood, Rosie O'Donnell reacted to the death of Anna Nicole Smith.  —  "So sad.  It's unbearably tragic, that poor little baby," the statement read.  —  Rosie's statement comes on the heels of her rant on Thursday's …
Discussion: The Superficial
David Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Estate battle goes on in courts  —  The dispute between Smith and her late husband's family is likely to continue in the name of her daughter.  —  WASHINGTON — The long-running legal battle over the $1.6-billion estate of Anna Nicole Smith's late husband, Texas oilman J. Howard Marshall, has survived both parties to the dispute.
Anna Nicole: Narcotics Found in Hotel Room  —  Suspicion that drugs killed Anna Nicole Smith was heightened today as investigators found illegal narcotics as well as prescription medications in Anna Nicole Smith's room at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., according to reports this morning.
Discussion: POPSUGAR and Glitterati
Sara Bonisteel / Fox News:
LAWYER FIRES FIRST SHOT IN BATTLE OVER ANNA NICOLE'S BABY  —  The lawyer for the man claiming to have fathered Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter vowed to file an emergency court order Friday to have the late ex-Playmate's DNA tested before her body is released to her family.
Discussion: Gone Hollywood
Attorney: "This is beyond comprehension"  —  TMZ spoke to Larry Birkhead's attorney Debra Opri, who called this case "such a tragedy" and "beyond her comprehension."  —  Opri tells TMZ she is on her way into an emergency court hearing this morning to ask a judge to order Anna Nicole's DNA to be tested.
Discussion: Dlisted
Stephen M. Silverman /
Anna Nicole: A Look Back at Her Life  —  Divorced as a teen, widowed at 27, and now dead at 39, Anna Nicole - or Nikki, as people in her hometown of Mexia, Texas, first called her - lived a life worthy of a soap opera.  —  When she was only 17, she married 16-year-old Billy Smith, who worked with her at Jim's Krispy Fried Chicken.
Discussion: TRA LA LA and Hip Candy
Anna Nicole Smith's Wikipedia Entry Defaced As She Died
Discussion: MollyGood
The Life of Anna  — Born Vickie Lynn Hogan, November 28, 1967 in Houston
Discussion: MollyGood
Claude Brodesser-Akner /
Playboy Eds. Meet with Hef, Consider Memorial
Discussion: ninemsn and Nosy Snoop
Family, friends grieve loss of tabloid star
Anna Nicole's Last Film in Doubt
Discussion: Dlisted and Allie Is Wired
Illegal Drugs Found In Anna's Hotel Room!
Discussion: Star Trip and We Love Celebs!
Jocelyn / In Case You Didn't Know:   UPDATE: More on Anna Nicole's Death (Last Update: 4:08PM Pacific)
Suzette Laboy / Associated Press:
Anna Nicole Smith collapses, dies at 39
Discussion: Cele|bitchy and Pop Muse
USA Today:   Smith: Sad end to a troubled life
NY Daily News:
A cross-dressing-down for Sheen  —  Brace yourself, Charlie Sheen.  Two of your least-favorite people - former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and drag diva Kayla Coxx - have teamed up to sell a video.  And it's all about you!  —  The good news for Sheen is that you don't see him on the tape.
Leigh Holmwood / The Sun:
Stunner Petra's model ambition  —  GORGEOUS Petra Nemcova is is to join the ranks of models with their own TV series after signing a deal to present a new reality show.  —  The 27-year-old Czech supermodel will front The Petra Nemcova Project for American channel TLC in the summer.
Cameron Makes $3 Million in Just a Day  —  Cameron's popularity isn't limited to the US.  In fact, the a-lister was recently paid $3 million to make a Japanese cell phone commercial that only took 6 hours to film.  How's that for a day's work?  She has worked for the company in the past …
X17 Online:
Jessica Simpson Bites  —  ...her fingernails, that is!  We spotted the formerly blonde bombshell gnawing away on her nails as she left Sushi Mac yesterday.  Hopefully Jessica's nervousness doesn't stem from her recent change in hair color - all joking aside, we really do think she looks great with brown hair!
Trent / Pink Is The New Blog:
DC Talk  —  Hallelujah!  Someone finally got around to hitting Britney Spears with a pretty stick and I want to salute that person!  Perhaps it's just a fluke but ... Britney was lookin' super cute in NYC yesterday:  —  Red is definitely much more her color than pink is.  See ... it's not that hard to look decent.
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