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12:40 PM ET, February 9, 2007

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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.
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.
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.
CNN:
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.
People.com:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: A Socialite's Life and Felt Up
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.
TMZ.com:
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: Celebritology and Gone Hollywood
Stephen M. Silverman / People.com:
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
Gawker:
Anna Nicole Smith's Wikipedia Entry Defaced As She Died  —  In the minutes following Anna Nicole Smith's death today, her Wikipedia page went totally postal.  A few bits of web-graffiti saved for posterity after the jump. … Talk: Anna Nicole Smith [Wikipedia]
Discussion: MollyGood
TMZ.com:
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
TMZ.com:
The Life of Anna  — Born Vickie Lynn Hogan, November 28, 1967 in Houston
Discussion: MollyGood
Claude Brodesser-Akner / TMZ.com:
Playboy Eds. Meet with Hef, Consider Memorial
Discussion: ninemsn and Nosy Snoop
CNN:
Family, friends grieve loss of tabloid star
Discussion: Monica Monroe's Gossip and Jossip
Access Hollywood:   Access Exclusive: Rosie On Anna Nicole's Death
PerezHilton.com:
Illegal Drugs Found In Anna's Hotel Room!
Discussion: Star Trip and We Love Celebs!
Suzette Laboy / Associated Press:
Anna Nicole Smith collapses, dies at 39
Discussion: Cele|bitchy and Pop Muse
Jocelyn / In Case You Didn't Know:   UPDATE: More on Anna Nicole's Death (Last Update: 4:08PM Pacific)
Defamer:
ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S LAST MOMENTS: COMING TO A STREAMING VIDEO WINDOW NEAR YOU
Discussion: MollyGood
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.
POPSUGAR:
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!
 
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