FORMER Playboy Playmate and billionaire’s widow Anna Nicole Smith collapsed in a hotel room and died today in Florida.
The buxom, platinum-blonde Texan former Guess spokeswoman and Playboy Playmate, 39, was found unconscious in a room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, north of Miami, WFOR television reported in the US.
Paramedics did CPR on the model, commercial spokeswoman and sometime actress who was taken to a local medical centre, the report said.
Her teenaged son Daniel recently died in the Bahamas, just days after Smith gave birth to a baby girl whose paternity has been disputed by a former boyfriend and Smith’s attorney.
“I can confirm that she is deceased. It’s as shocking to me as to you guys,” Smith’s attorney, Ronald Rale, told Reuters.
“I don’t know anything further. (Her lawyer and husband) Howard (K. Stern) obviously is speechless and grieving.
TMZ.com reported emergency crews performed CPR at the scene and a breathing apparatus was inserted in her throat. Paramedics were seen pumping her chest as she was taken from the hotel.
The incident occurred just months after she gave birth to a baby and her grown son, Daniel, died while visiting her in hospital.
The former Playboy centrefold rose to national fame when she married oil tycoon J Howard Marshall in 1994 when she was 26 and he was 89. Marshall died in 1995 prompting a lengthy legal battle between his sons and Smith which was unresolved at the time of her death.