HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (UPDATE 9:05 AM PST: February 9, 2007) — Actress, spokesperson and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith died Thursday, February 8, at the age of 39.
Anna Nicole was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, shortly after 2PM EST after collapsing and being found unresponsive in her room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, as Access Hollywood and NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miami were first to report.
According to an Access Hollywood source, it appears that Anna Nicolechoked on her own vomit.
The source claims that Smith took what was referred to as a “children’s sedative,” and had “kept passing out” before her death.
At a press conference Friday afternoon, Dr. Joshua Perper, who performed the autopsy, said that there is no cause of determination yet for Anna Nicole’s death. He added, however, that definitive results could take 3 to 5 weeks –that the death could have beenfrom natural causes, tied to a medical cause or chemical, or that it could be a combination of the two factors.
Dr. Perper also said that he did not find evidence of large amounts of pills in Anna Nicole’s stomach.
At the same press conference Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said that there was no evidence of foul play, and that no illegal drugs were found in Anna Nicole’s room at the hotel. Only prescription drugs were found, and he would not release the name or names on the prescriptions.
A private nurse called 911 after finding Smith unresponsive in her sixth-floor room, said Tiger. He said Smith’s bodyguard administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation about an hour before she was declared dead. Tiger said Anna Nicole came to the hospital dead on arrival.
Anna Nicole was reportedly treated with Narcan on the scene. Narcan is a substance generally adminstered to remove narcotics from a person’s system.
The mother of Anna Nicole blamed drugs Friday for her daughter’s sudden death.
“I think she had too many drugs, just like Danny (Smith’s late son),” her mother, Vergie Arthur, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday. “I tried to warn her about drugs and the people that she hung around with. She didn’t listen.”
“She was too drugged up,” Arthur said. “By the last interview I saw of her, she was so wasted.”
Access Hollywood has learned that Anna Nicole’s mother and her mother’s husband are heading to the Bahamas today to file with children’s services for immediate custody of Dannielynn, Anna Nicole’s 5-month-old daughter.
The baby was being cared for in the Bahamas by the mother of Shane Gibson, the Bahamian immigration minister who is a close friend of Smith’s, People magazine reported on its Web site, citing unidentified sources. A visibly shaken Gibson declined comment as he was leaving his office Thursday night, and he has not responded to messages left by The Associated Press seeking comment.
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