DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Anna Nicole Smith (aged 39)
American model, actress, and television personality
Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan; November 28, 1967 – February 8, 2007) was an American model, actress and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy magazine when she won the title of 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for fashion companies, including Guess, H&M, Heatherette and Lane Bryant.
DEATH: On February 8, 2007, Smith was found dead in Room 607 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Tasma Brighthaupt, a friend of Smith who was a trained emergency nurse, performed CPR for 15 minutes until her husband, Maurice “Big Moe” Brighthaupt, Smith’s friend and bodyguard, took over. He had driven back to the hotel after being notified by his wife of Smith’s condition. According to Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger, at 1:38 p.m. (EST), Maurice Brighthaupt, who was also a trained paramedic, called the hotel front desk from Smith’s sixth-floor room. The front desk in turn called security, who then called 911. At 1:45 p.m. (EST), the bodyguard administered CPRuntil paramedics arrived. At 2:10 p.m. (EST), Smith was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 2:49 p.m. (EST)
A phone call involving Seminole police and the local 911 operators was released to the public on February 13, 2007. The call said, “We need assistance to Room 607 at the Hard Rock. It’s in reference to a white female. She’s not breathing and not responsive. Actually, it’s Anna Nicole Smith.”
A seven-week investigation was led by Broward County Medical Examiner and forensic pathologist Joshua Perper in conjunction with Seminole police and several independent forensic pathologists and toxicologists. Perper announced that Smith died of “combined drug intoxication” with the sleeping medication chloral hydrate as the “major component.” No illegal drugs were found in her system. The official report states that her death was not considered to be due to homicide, suicide or natural causes. The full investigative report has been made public and can be found online. Additionally, an official copy of the autopsy report was publicly released on March 26, 2007, and can be found online