Anna Nicole Smith was found unresponsive in her hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida around 1:30 p.m. ET today.

About 90 minutes later, on MSNBC, Rita Cosby reported that Anna Nicole Smith, born Vicky Lynn Hogan in November, 1967 in Houston, Texas, was dead. The confirmation came from Anna Nicole’s attorney in a phone interview with Cosby.

Staying at the Hard Rock with Smith at the time was her former attorney and husband, Howard K. Stern, and a bodyguard, who reportedly attempted CPR.

Just after Anna Nicole gave birth to a baby girl in the Bahamas last September, her son Daniel, age 20, passed away under circumstances that are still in question. Howard K. Stern was there when Daniel died, too.

Howard K. Stern is a very unlucky man.

Acquaintances of Anna Nicole interviewed on MSNBC indicated that Smith may have been her own worst enemy. Yo-yo dieting, drug use, extreme pressure from negative publicity coming at her from a hundred different directions… it could be that her heart gave out.

If she’d still been plain old Vicky Lynn in Houston and she’d lost her son and then died like this months later, just a housewife or workaday woman, her new husband, Mr. Stern, would be subject to much open suspicion. It will be interesting to see if that is the case now.

“Anna Nicole Smith’s romantic partner, longtime lawyer and alleged father of her infant daughter provided her son with one of the drugs that killed him — then tried to cover it up by flushing the remaining pills down the toilet, a report says.

“The charges surfaced Monday as Bahamian officials agreed to conduct a formal inquest into the death of 20-year-old Daniel Smith in his mother’s hospital room there in September, sources told the celebrity Web site…”

The Seminole County (Fla) police are investigating Anna Nicole Smith’s death, and the medical examiner will make a determination as to cause. Initial reports are that it was a “cardiac event.” It appears to be a death investigation, though, and not a criminal investigation.

Steve Huff authors the popular True Crime Blog.

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