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The 20-year-old son of Anna Nicole Smith has been found dead in the Bahamas, where the former reality TV star and Playboy playmate gave birth to a baby girl days earlier.

 

Authorities had not determined what caused the death of Daniel Wayne Smith, whose body was found Sunday morning, said Robin Bonnema, a spokeswoman for Trimspa, the diet products company that has been endorsed by Smith. Bonnema had no other details, and calls to Smith's lawyer, Howard K. Stern of Santa Monica, Calif., were not immediately returned.

 

Bonnema declined to provide details, saying only that Smith died "in his bed."

 

A statement on Smith's Web site said the son died suddenly.

 

"We have yet to learn the cause of death but do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor," the statement said. "Anna Nicole is absolutely devastated by the loss of her son. He was her pride and joy and an amazing human being."

 

Walter Evans, a spokesman for the Royal Bahamian Police Force, would say only that the son of an undisclosed celebrity had been found in a room of the private Doctor's Hospital in Nassau.

 

Anna Nicole Smith, 38, gave birth to a healthy 6 pound, 9 ounce girl at the hospital on Thursday, her Web site said.

 

Her son had traveled to the Caribbean country "to share in the joy of his baby sister," the statement said. "Please do not make any press inquiries at this time so that Anna Nicole can grieve in peace."

 

Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. He died the following year. In March, the Supreme Court upheld Smith's right to a bequeathment of $474 million, though legal battles with Marshall's son, Pierce Marshall, have continued.

 

Daniel Smith had small roles in her movies "Skyscraper" and "To the Limit." He also appeared several times on the E! reality series "The Anna Nicole Show."

 

Bonnema said she did not know the name of Daniel Smith's father or that of the baby girl.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060911/D8K2NMCOH.html

 

Say what you will about her but I wouldn't want this to happen to anyone, ever. Horrible.

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Coroner: Anna Nicole Son's Death Unnatural

 

by Gina Serpe

Sep 12, 2006, 2:05 PM PT

 

Authorities in the Bahamas said Tuesday that the sudden death of Anna Nicole Smith's son over the weekend could not be attributed to natural causes, but refused to elaborate.

 

Daniel Smith flew in Saturday to visit his mother and three-day-old sister at the private Doctors Hospital in Nassau. The following morning, the 20-year-old was dead.

 

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An autopsy was performed Monday. On Tuesday, Her Majesty's Coroner Linda P. Virgill said that based on preliminary findings, "the cause of death is not natural." But, she said, "we wish to reserve [announcing] the cause of death at this time," adding that a toxicology results and a full autopsy report will be released by the end of the week.

 

Virgill said an inquest will take place afterward and her staff will interview all "relevant witnesses," including Anna Nicole Smith, hospital workers and flight attendants, to develop an official timeline.

 

The coroner's statements came in the wake of a story in the Nassau Guardian that Daniel Smith suffered a "massive heart attack" and that antidepressants had been found in his system. The newspaper said that Daniel was seen "vomiting uncontrollably" shortly before his death.

 

Police on Tuesday sought to downplay the Guardian report.

 

"That's just talk," Reginald Ferguson, the assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamian Police Force, told the Associated Press. "We have no evidence at this time to suggest that."

 

"[Daniel Smith] was supposedly asleep in the chair in the room and didn't seem to wake up. It would appear from our report that the mother had gotten up, saw him in the chair and he appeared to be sound asleep. She tried to wake him up, he was unresponsive and she sounded the alarm.

 

At a news conference Tuesday, a hospital official said doctors tried everything to to save Daniel Smith.

 

"Resuscitative efforts using advanced life-support protocol continued for 22 minutes without response," said Barry Rassin, president and CEO of Doctors Hospital.

 

On Monday, Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer, Howard K. Stern, issued a statement saying family members "do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor." It was Stern who reportedly identified the younger Smith's body in the hospital morgue.

 

Meanwhile, authorities said that Daniel's body would not be returned to the U.S. until after the coroner completed her report. The California-based Butler's Funeral Homes & Crematoriums said it had been contacted by the family and was awaiting clearance to have the remains returned.

 

Anna Nicole Smith, 38, was in the Bahamas to give birth to her daughter, whose name--and father--has yet to be divulged. Prime Minister, Perry Christie, confirmed at a news conference Monday that the TrimSpa spokesmodel had been granted permanent residency to the country last week.

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Lawyer Says Smith Tried to Revive Son

Sep 14 7:48 AM US/Eastern

 

By JESSICA ROBERTSON

Associated Press Writer

 

NASSAU, Bahamas

 

 

 

Anna Nicole Smith frantically tried to revive her stricken son and had to be sedated after he died, her attorney said Wednesday. Authorities termed the death "suspicious" and said criminal charges could be filed.

 

Daniel Smith died Sunday while visiting his mother, a reality TV star and former Playboy playmate, in her hospital room three days after she gave birth to a baby girl.

 

"The devastation and grief over Daniel's sudden death coupled with the sedation has been so extreme that Anna Nicole experienced memory loss of the event," attorney Michael Scott said.

 

The chief inspector of the Bahamas coroner's office on Wednesday called the death of the 20-year-old Smith "suspicious" and a formal inquiry that could lead to criminal charges was scheduled for next month.

 

Police also revealed that a third person was in the hospital room at the time of the death.

 

But Scott said that the third person was another one of Anna Nicole Smith's attorneys, Howard K. Stern.

 

He said Anna Nicole Smith and Stern continued efforts to revive Smith even after he had been proclaimed dead by staff at Doctors Hospital in Nassau.

 

"Anna Nicole was so distraught at the loss of Daniel that she refused to leave his side and it was necessary to sedate her in order to check her out of the hospital," Scott read from a prepared statement.

 

He said she suffered memory loss and that it "was necessary for Howard to tell Anna again that Daniel had passed away," he added.

 

Authorities said they believe they know what killed Smith but were waiting for a toxicology report to confirm the findings.

 

Anna Nicole Smith, who went to the U.S. Supreme Court this year to sue for an inheritance, was in seclusion in the Bahamas with family and friends, Scott said. The identity of the newborn girl's father has not been publicly disclosed.

 

"You would expect any parent who sustained this kind of loss" to seek seclusion, Scott said.

 

A jury inquest, which will be open to the public, is scheduled to start Oct. 23, and Anna Nicole Smith will be required to attend, coroner Linda P. Virgill said.

 

"Whenever there is a suspicious death we would have an inquest to determine how the person died," Bradley Neely, chief inspector of the coroner's office, told Associated Press Television News.

 

The autopsy and toxicology reports will not be made public until the inquest is held, to avoid prejudicing the jury, Virgill said.

 

Jurors will meet in a courtroom inside a weathered, pink-pastel judicial building in the seaside capital, Nassau. If the inquest, which will be open to the public, determines a crime was committed, the case would be sent to the attorney general's office.

 

Virgill said there was no sign of physical injury to Smith, who was seen helping make his 38-year-old mother comfortable before he died. Anna Nicole Smith noticed him slumped in a chair Sunday morning and called for help. Hospital staff unsuccessfully tried CPR and other measures to revive him.

 

Scott dismissed media reports that Anna Nicole Smith's son had antidepressants or other drugs in his system.

 

"It's sheer speculation. It's irresponsible speculation, may I point out," he told reporters.

 

Ferguson, the assistant police commissioner, told the AP that no drug paraphernalia or traces of illegal drugs were found on Daniel Smith, in the hospital room or near the room.

 

Police believe Daniel Smith went directly to Doctors Hospital in Nassau after arriving in the Bahamas by plane, Ferguson said.

 

Daniel Smith was the son of Anna Nicole and Bill Smith, who married in 1985 and divorced two years later. The son had small roles in her movies "Skyscraper" and "To the Limit." He also appeared on the E! reality series "The Anna Nicole Show."

 

Anna Nicole Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in when she was 26 and he was 89. He died the following year.

 

She then feuded with Marshall's son, Pierce Marshall, over her entitlement to the tycoon's estate before he died in June at age 67.

 

Smith won a $474 million judgment, which was cut to about $89 million, and eventually reduced to zero. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Smith could continue to pursue her claim in federal courts in California, despite a Texas state court ruling that Marshall's youngest son was the sole heir.

 

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Associated Press writer Andrew Selsky contributed to this report from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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