Anna Nicole Smith passes away; leaves 5 month old daughter
Update February 11th: Howard K. Stern is back in the Bahamas with Dannielynn. Entertainment Tonight, which had an exclusive with the family in recent months, was to be at Howard and Anna’s wedding in two weeks. Instead, they flew back to the Bahamas with Howard to be with the baby.
In tears, embracing Dannielynn, Howard says,
I wouldn’t be here now, but I had to get back to Dannielynn. I held her in my arms and couldn’t believe her mom is gone. I know Anna loved her more than anything in the world. I want her friends to pray that Anna Nicole is safe, happy and with Daniel.
For a photo and Howard’s thoughts on Anna’s mother coming to the Bahamas, visit Entertainment Tonight‘s website.
Update February 10th 1:45 pm: Dannielynn is currently staying with Howard K. Stern’s mother and sister.
Update February 9th 9 pm: Anna’s autopsy report was inconclusive – the coroner was not able to determine cause or manner of death. We do know that there were no pills in Anna’s stomach. The coroner expects the cause to be one of three things: 1) solely natural causes 2) medication or 3) a combination of natural causes and medication. It will be 3-5 weeks until tests results are back.
Update February 9th, 1:30 pm: A judge has denied Larry’s lawyer’s request for an emergency DNA sample. However, the judge has ordered Anna’s body preserved until the upcoming February 20th court date, to determine the next step in the paternity suit.
Larry’s lawyer emphasized that he did not ask for the hearing and is devastated, having lost "the love of his life and the mother of his child." However, she says, "It is very important that the DNA connect Anna with the baby being tested. We don’t want a baby switch."
Also, Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband has joined the fray, claiming to be Dannielynn’s father as well.
Update February 9th, 11:30 am: CNN reports that Larry Birkhead has filed an emergency order to obtain Anna Nicole’s DNA for the paternity investigation. There will be a hearing on Friday. Howard K. Stern is the baby’s legal guardian, as he is the father listed on the birth certificate.
Originally posted February 8th, 4 pm: It has just been confirmed that Anna Nicole Smith, 39, has passed away, leaving behind her 5 month old daughter, Dannielynn Hope.
She was found unconscious in her room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, and was pronounced dead at 2:49 pm. Her lawyer reports that she had not been feeling well, with cold and flu symptoms the past two days. No cause of death is available at this time – an autopsy will be performed tomorrow.
Anna was predeceased by her son, Daniel, 20, who passed away last September. Anna was currently involved in a paternity suit with Larry Birkhead over her baby daughter Dannielynn Hope, 5 months, and was supposed to submit to a paternity test by February 21st.
According to People, Dannielynn was still in the Bahamas, being cared for by the mother of a high-ranking Bahamian official who is a close friend of Anna’s.
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