Anna Nicole Smith, 39, Pronounced Dead in Florida

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Anna Nicole Smith has died in Broward County, Fla., at the age of 39, her attorney, Ron Rail, has confirmed to TMZ.

Desperate attempts to save Anna Nicole Smith's life were made by paramedics en route to Memorial Regional Hospital. Smith did not survive, despite receiving CPR and emergency intubation to facilitate breathing.

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Smith collapsed while visiting the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and died hours later.

Anna had been transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood just after 2:00 p.m. and died around 3:45 p.m. EST.

WFOR-TV, out of Miami reports that Anna was found unresponsive in her hotel room. Streets were closed off as Smith was rushed to the hospital, which is three miles away. Paramedics were seen pumping her chest as she was taken out of the hotel.

Anna was hospitalized for a week last November with pneumonia.

Her daughter, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, subject of an ongoing DNA test battle to determine paternity, was born on September 7.

Her son, Daniel Smith, died of a drug overdose on September 10.

People reports that Dannielynn is in the Bahamas, being cared for by the mother of Shane Gibson, a high-ranking Bahamian official and close friend of Smith's.

No word yet on the whereabouts of Larry Birkhead or Howard K. Stern, both of whom claim to be Dannielynn's father. TMZ briefly contacted Birkhead's lawyer, who would only say that Larry "is not OK."

Officials close to the case confirm that Howard K. Stern has already assumed the title of "legal guardian" of Dannielynn, according to the laws of the Bahamas.

The law states: "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." Smith, of course, named Stern the father on Dannielynn's birth certificate.

As of 8:00 p.m., the Broward County Medical Examiner had retrieved the body of Anna Nicole Smith. Hospital sources tell TMZ that Anna Nicole's body has been moved to a VIP section of the hospital, which is off-limits to everyone except for key hospital personnel.

A death certificate will be filed within 24 hours.

The hotel room Anna was occupying at the Hard Rock will be sealed off as a part of the investigation. Smith frequented the South Florida location - just a month ago, a playful Anna was spotted showing off new body art to Hulk Hogan during a boxing match.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

The mood at The Hollywood Gossip offices is that of devastation. In the past, we had our share of fun at the expense of the Red Menace. But we're deeply saddened that she's gone, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones on this terribly tragic day.


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