Anna Nicole Smith Dies At Age 39

Anna Nicole Smith -- the former Playboy
playmate, millionaire's widow and reality T-V star -- has died.
Her lawyer says she collapsed Friday at a south Florida hotel and
was rushed to a hospital, but could not be revived.
She was 39 years old.
One year after she was Playboy's playmate of the year in 1993,
the former topless dancer married elderly multi-millionaire J.
Howard Marshall. He died the following year, and she has since been
involved in legal disputes over his estate. A federal court awarded
her 474 million dollars, but the ruling was later overturned.
The U-S Supreme Court last year revived her case.
As that fight continued, Smith drew constant tabloid attention
amid her weight fluctuations and, last year, the sudden death of
her 20-year-old son.
Her resemblance to Marilyn Monroe was played-up in her Guess
jeans magazine ads, billboards and department store displays.
Smith had a daughter who's now five months old -- and whose
paternity remains a matter of dispute.


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