Thursday, February 8, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith UPDATE

Here are some bits and pieces of information concerning the death of Anna Nicole:

Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner issued a statement: "I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and loved ones during this difficult time." Anna was the the 1993 Playmate of the Year.

The coroner for the Broward County Medicial Examiner's Office has told a source at TMZ.com that an autopsy will take place in the morning and that her body is now at their Ft. Lauderdale (Florida) office.

TRIMSPA who Anna was a spokeswoman for issued the following statement: "Today, Anna Nicole Smith's grief stricken and tumultuous personal life came to an end. Anna came to our Company as a customer, but she departs as a friend. While life for Anna Nicole was not easy these past few months, she held dear her husband, Howard K. Stern, her daughter Dannielynn Hope, her most cherished friends, beloved dogs and finally, her work with TRIMSPA. Anna knew both the joy of giving life, and the heartache of losing a child. We pray that she is granted the peace that eluded her more recent days on earth, and that she finds comfort in the presence of her son, Daniel." (The image is Anna with her son, Daniel.)

Lastly there is some information about Anna's five month old daughter, Dannielynn.
Anna is pictured with both Dannielynn and Howard when Dannielynn was two months old. With her sudden passing many have asked what will happen to Dannielynn. The answer was given this evening.

Howard K. Stern has assumed the role of Dannielynn's guardian according to the Commonweath of the Bahamas. The law states that, "On the death of the mother of a child, the father, if surviving, shall, subject to the provision of this Act, be guardian of the child, either alone or jointly with any guardian appointed by the mother." Stern was named father of Dannielynn on her birth certificate. (As seen below.) Larry Birkhead, Anna's ex-boyfriend, says that he is the father. Papers were still pending is California for a paternity test in the case when Anna passed away today.

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