FORMER model and pop culture sensation Anna Nicole Smith rose to fame through her Playboy covers and relationships in the 1990s and early 2000s.
But who was she and what was the cause of her untimely death at the age of 39?
Who Was Anna Nicole Smith?
Born Vickie Lynn Hogan in Houston in 1967, Anna Nicole Smith had humble beginnings.
She worked several low-paying jobs before she found fame, including at Walmart, Red Lobster, and a fried chicken restaurant.
She eventually became a stripper at a Houston club to support her young son.
Anna has been compared to Marilyn Monroe and appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine in 1992. In 1993 she was named Playmate of the Year.
She landed lucrative modeling deals with Guess Jeans and clothing giant H&M, and also appeared in the comedy sequel Naked Gun 33 & A Third.
Anna also appeared on her own reality show, The Anna Nicole Show, on E! on.
The show was controversial as Anna appeared to be constantly drunk during filming and often spoke slurred.
She was mocked for being slurred when introducing Kanye West at the 2004 American Music Awards.
What Was Anna Nicole Smith’s Cause of Death?
The model died of an accidental drug overdose at a Hollywood, Florida hotel in 2007.
It was believed that her death was a result of “combined drug intoxication”.
“She was my best friend, my lover, my daughter’s mother. She was everything to me, literally everything. My whole world,” said long-time companion Daniel K. Stern PEOPLE.
According to Fox News, Stern told the court, “She really talked about death from the moment I met her.
“Anna always thought she would die young.
“She thought she would be like Marilyn Monroe, she thought she would die at the age of 36 or 37.”
How many children did Anna Nicole Smith have?
Anna Nicole Smith had two children – Daniel Wayne Smith and Dannielynn Birkhead.
Their eldest child, Daniel, died of an accidental drug overdose on September 10, 2006 at the age of 20.
Stern said Anna never recovered from the death of her son.
“Anna saw herself as both a mother and a father to Daniel,” he told People after her death.
“Ever since I met her, everything has been for Daniel.
“I would say that physically she died last week, but in many ways, emotionally, she died when Daniel died.”
DannielynnThe 16-year-old is often compared to her mother, but the teenager prefers to stay out of the spotlight.
Was Anna Nicole Smith Married and Who Were Her Ex-Husbands?
The blonde bombshell has been married twice in her life, first to Billy Wayne Smith when she was just 17 years old.
After the birth of their son Daniel, she separated from Billy the following year.
In 1994, at the age of 26, Anna married 89-year-old multi-millionaire J. Howard Marshall.
Oil baron Marshall died 13 months later and Anna got into a legal battle with his family over his fortune.
What was Anna Nicole Smith’s net worth?
At the time of her death, Anna Nicole Smith had a net worth of around $1 million.
Anna was not named in her former millionaire husband’s will and she unsuccessfully fought for part of his estate for the rest of her life.