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4:40 PM ET, February 9, 2007

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Sara Bonisteel / Fox News:
FINAL FOOTAGE OF ANNA NICOLE SMITH SELLS FOR OVER $500,000  —  Footage of the final moments of Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith's life sold for more than $500,000 Thursday after a media bidding war, according to Splash News & Picture Agency, the paparazzi outlet that sold the rights to the tape.
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Noelle Hancock / Us Weekly:
Anna Nicole Died From Drug Overdose, Sources Say  —  Anna Nicole Smith's autopsy isn't scheduled until later today, but sources say that evidence points toward a drug overdose.  —  Numerous sources at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, are now coming forward …
Noaki Schwartz / Associated Press:
Zsa Zsa's husband: I might be baby's dad  —  LOS ANGELES - The husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor said Friday that he had a decade-long affair with Anna Nicole Smith and may be her infant daughter's father.  —  The claim by Prince Frederick von Anhalt comes amid a paternity suit over Smith's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn.
CNN:
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 …
TMZ.com:
WTF?!  Zsa Zsa's Husband Says He Might Be Dannielynn's Dad!  —  Prince Frederick von Anhalt, 64, husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, tells the AP that he had a decade-long affair with Anna Nicole Smith and that he might be the father of her 5-month old daughter, Dannielynn.
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.
Janet Charlton / Janet Charlton's Hollywood:
ANNA NICOLE SMITH: FILLED WITH DREAD  —  Our Hollywood, Florida source visited the Hard Rock Hotel today and picked up a little information about Anna Nicole's time there.  Hotel sources say that when Anna arrived a few days ago she was "out of it" and slurring her words and she stayed that way during her visit.
Discussion: Dlisted
Scott Weinberger / WCBS-TV:
Source: Illegal Drugs Found In Anna Nicole's Room  —  Friday Morning Autopsy Expected To Shed More Light  —  SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY: Celebrity Real Names Revealed  —  (CBS) LOS ANGELES CBS 2 has learned that while searching Anna Nicole Smith's hotel room late Thursday afternoon investigators found …
People.com:
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.
Suzette Laboy / Associated Press:
Anna Nicole Smith's mother blames drugs  —  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A medical examiner began an autopsy Friday on Anna Nicole Smith, whose mother blamed drugs for the former Playboy playmate's sudden death that ended an extraordinary tabloid life at just 39.  —  In another bizarre twist to the case …
Discussion: Holy Candy and Gawker
TMZ.com:
No "Emergency Extraction" of Anna's DNA
Discussion: Dlisted and We Love Celebs!
CBS News:
Anna Nicole Smith's Final Interview
Discussion: POPSUGAR and PerezHilton.com
TMZ.com:   Police: No Illegal Drugs Found in Anna's Room
New York Post:
AN EERIE 'VIEW'  —  TALK about bad, bad timing.
TMZ.com:   Anna Nearly Drowned at Bahamas House
Harvey / A Socialite's Life:   Janet Charlton's Got an Interesting, if Slightly Offensive Opinion
Hollywoodtuna:
Petra Nemcova Is The New Tyra Banks... But Better  —  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.
Discussion: Celebrity Pictures
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Leigh Holmwood / The Sun:
Stunner Petra's model ambition
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.
Simon Perry / People.com:
Kevin Costner, Wife Christine Are Expecting  —  Waterworld director Kevin Costner and his wife, Christine, are expecting their own little dipper, his rep said Thursday.  —  "They're very excited, very happy about the pregnancy," publicist Paul Bloch told the Associated Press.
Discussion: into GOSSIP …
X17 Online:
Lachey It Ain't So!  —  Just who was the girl we spotted Nick Lachey with last night?  After we spotted Nick leaving Sideways, we caught up with him at Teddy's with an unknown girl - and we do mean caught, as you can tell by our photos of the pair kissing in Nick's car and our video of them linking arms and walking into the club!
Veryvera / I'm Not Obsessed:
Paris Hilton Buys Edible Underwear While Crying  —  What is wrong Paris Hilton?  She was seen crying while talking on the phone with her friend and shopping for... edible underwear.  I guess Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  Here is more: … I love how she doesn't stop shopping while she is crying.
New York Post:
JACKO AIMS FOR 'IDOL' MAGIC  —  MICHAEL Jackson has turned to "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller to mastermind his comeback, which will kick off next month with a two-day meet-and-greet autograph session with fans in Japan who will pay $3,300 each to shake hands and pose for photos with the fallen star.
Discussion: The Blemish
 
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