Anna Nicole Smith dead and obituary, cause of death – whats happened?
Anna Nicole Smith was an early model for Guess and Playboy magazines, and later became known for her marriage to 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II.
Who is Anna Nicole Smith?
Anna Nicole Smith rose to fame as a model. In 1993, she was named Playboy’s Playmate of the Year. In 1994, she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, who died soon after. Smith fought for years to share her late husband’s fortune. From 2002 to 2004, she starred in her own reality show. Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in 2007.
Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan on November 28, 1967, in Mayshaw, Texas. After dropping out of high school, Smith’s dramatic life began quietly in the small Texas town of Mexia. She had a difficult childhood, growing up without a father who abandoned the family when she was a baby.
As a teenager, Smith worked at a local fried chicken shop. There, she met chef Billy Smith, and the couple married when she was 17. The couple had a son named Daniel in 1984, but the marriage fell apart. Not content with small-town life, Smith dreams of becoming the next Marilyn Monroe.
Before her big break, Smith held a variety of jobs, including as a Walmart clerk and dancer. She left her son in the care of her mother, Virgil Arthur, and worked at a Houston strip club. Smith met Texas oil magnate J. Howard Marshall II in 1991 while working at a club. She soon had a reversal of her own fortunes.
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After submitting a photo of himself to Playboy in 1992, Smith was allowed to pose for Hugh Hefner’s famous adult magazine. Later that same year, she also appeared in an ad for fashion brand Guess. In the print ad, Smith showed off her impressive curves and looked a lot like her beloved icon, Monroe.
Smith reached a career milestone the following year, joining a group of beauties who were voted Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Year. She made her name in a few small movie roles. In 1994, Smith starred in Leslie Nelson’s comedies Naked Guns 33 1/3: The Last Insult and Hardsark Agents alongside Tim Robbins and Paul Newman.
Smith died at the age of 39 on February 8, 2007, after being found unconscious at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In life and death, Smith made headlines around the world. As a tribute, the founder of Playboy magazine told the media at the time: “She was a very close friend who meant a lot to Playboy and to me personally.”
Following Smith’s death, speculation abounded about her daughter’s fatherhood, including claims by Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband, Prince Friedrich von Anhalt. He told The Associated Press that he had an affair with Smith and believed he was Danelyn’s father. In April 2007, DNA test results determined Larry Burkhead to be Danelyn’s biological father. Stern did not contest the decision, and Burkhead was granted custody.
There was also speculation about the reality star’s cause of death, which authorities eventually revealed was an accidental drug overdose. Smith had been taking nine different medications in the days leading up to her death. Stern and two others were later convicted of crimes related to her death. All of those convictions were overturned in 2011, except for one misdemeanor charge against Smith’s psychiatrist.