The death of Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son mere days after the birth of her daughter has shocked and confused many people – especially those who enjoyed mocking Anna Nicole Smith, which is more or less everyone.
In the hours and days immediately following Daniel Smith dying while visiting Anna Nicole Smith in the Bahamas, many possibilities were given as his cause of death – although the majority of them seemed to rule out alcohol or drug abuse. However, Daniel Smith's coroner is not so sure, and has ruled out a natural death.
For the most part, celebrity births are pretty dull. Babies are born all the time – and they all look exactly the same – so unless a celebrity refuses to show the baby to anyone, or gives it a stupid name, or just keeps pumping them out like a horrific baby factory, there's never a lot of interesting things to discuss about them. Anna Nicole Smith, though, is an obvious exception because of the tragic events surrounding her daughter's birth.
Things were shaping up to be typically Anna Nicole Smith-esque, too – months of pregnancy speculation were ended by a video of Anna Nicole Smith semi-coherently confirming that she was pregnant while floating on a lilo in a swimming pool – but any jokes that people had been compiling for the birth of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter had to be quietly shelved as it was announced that Anna Nicole Smith's son had died while visiting her on Monday. A statement released shortly afterwards on Anna Nicole Smith's website read:
Her son Daniel was in Nassau in the Bahamas with her to share in the joy of his baby sister when he passed away suddenly on the morning of Sept. 10. We have yet to learn the cause of death but do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor.
However, Daniel's coroner is reported to think differently. Linda Virgil told the New York Daily News:
"We have a cause of death, but I am reserving it pending complete toxicology reports. We have to be sure. It was not natural causes. Heart attack was ruled out."
Meanwhile, the Nassau Guardian newspaper – which also claims that various medications and drugs were found in Daniel Smith's system – has published a gruesome account of Daniel Smith's death, supposedly based on accounts by hospital workers:
"Daniel was reportedly vomiting uncontrollably shortly before he collapsed and died. … His mother went into a violent rage helplessly trying to revive her son. The room was a total mess … vomit and blood splattered everywhere."
[story by Stuart Heritage]