Anna Nicole Smith Is Dead

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Smith in March 2005. Photo: Getty Images

There is no particular New York connection to this, but it still seems worth mentioning: Anna Nicole Smith, who gave birth to a daughter in September and then watched her 20-year-son die while visiting her in the hospital days later, died today. The legal battle over the estate of J. Howard Marshall — the elderly oil millionaire she married when he was in his eighties — was never resolved, though it reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2006. She was 39.

Anna Nicole Smith Dies After Collapsing in Hotel [CNN.com]