Anna Nicole Smith Dead @ 39
Anna Nicole Smith's media-hyped journey of celebrity, marked by dubious successes and all-too-human tragedies, ended Thursday at a venue as colorful as her life when she collapsed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and died at a Florida hospital. Nearby residents and casino patrons said Smith, a former stripper turned Playboy playmate, diet maven, reality show star and prospective multi-millionaire, frequented the hotel on the Indian reservation and was known for partying loud and late.
Five months after the birth of her daughter and the death of her 20-year-old son, Smith, 39, was found unconscious around 1:39 p.m., when her private nurse called hotel staff for help, Seminole Tribe Police Chief Charlie Tiger said. At 1:45, Tiger said, a bodyguard started CPR in Smith's hotel room, No. 607.