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Anna Nicole Smith collapses, dies at 39

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - The chief Broward County medical examiner
who will perform the autopsy on Anna Nicole Smith says if her death was from natural causes, the findings would likely be announced quickly.

But Doctor Joshua Perper cautioned, however, that definitive results could take weeks.

Smith, the pneumatic blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale - Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother - died Thursday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39.

She was stricken while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and was rushed to a hospital.

Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger says a private nurse called 911 after finding Smith unresponsive in her sixth-floor room at the hotel, which is on an Indian reservation.

Smith's bodyguard administered CPR, but she was declared dead at a hospital.

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