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Goodbye, Vicky Lynn…

The news is breaking right now on most cable news channels and online: Anna Nicole Smith collapsed at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida around 1:30 p.m. ET.

In fact, on MSNBC Rita Cosby is reporting that Anna Nicole Smith, born Vicky Lynn Hogan in November, 1967 in Houston, Texas, is dead. The confirmation came from Anna Nicole’s attorney in a phone interview with Rita.

With her at the time was her former attorney and husband, Howard K. Stern, and a bodyguard.

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

Howard K. Stern is a very unlucky man.

The truth is, Anna Nicole 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… maybe her heart gave out.

If she’d been plain old Vicky Lynn still in Houston and she’d lost her son and then died like this months later, just a housewife or workaday woman, that new husband would be subject to much open suspicion. I wonder if that will be 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 TMZ.com…”

A version of this blog entry was first published at my personal weblog.

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.