The 20-year-old son of Anna Nicole Smith has been found dead in the Bahamas, where the former reality TV star and Playboy playmate gave birth to a baby girl days earlier.
Authorities had not determined what caused the death of Daniel Smith, whose body was found Sunday morning, said Robin Bonnema, a spokeswoman for Trimspa, the diet products company that has been endorsed by Smith. Bonnema had no other details, and calls to Smith's lawyer, Howard K. Stern of Santa Monica, California, were not immediately returned.
A statement on Smith's Web site said the son died suddenly.
"We have yet to learn the cause of death but do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor," the statement said. "Anna Nicole is absolutely devastated by the loss of her son. He was her pride and joy and an amazing human being."
Walter Evans, a spokesman for the Royal Bahamian Police Force, would say only that the son of an undisclosed celebrity had been found in a room of the private Doctor's Hospital in Nassau.
Anna Nicole Smith, 38, gave birth to a healthy 6 pound, 9 ounce girl at the hospital on Thursday, her Web site said.
Her son had traveled to the Caribbean country "to share in the joy of his baby sister," the statement said. "Please do not make any press inquiries at this time so that Anna Nicole can grieve in peace."
Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. He died the following year. Since then, she has feuded with Marshall's son, Pierce Marshall, over her entitlement to the tycoon's estate.
Bonnema said she did not know the name of Daniel Smith's father or that of the baby girl.
How do I know that Daniel died in his mother's hospital room? Because Star Magazine said so:
In a shocking development, Star has exclusively learned from sources that Daniel passed away in Anna's hospital room.
Anna Nicole's whole life is like a Mexican soap opera, an Italian opera, and a 1980s Aaron Spelling-produced mini-series rolled into one. It's all kind of unbelievable that so many ups and downs could be crammed into one relatively short life time--she's only 38 years old!
I wonder what happened to her son? He was always the subject of concern during Anna Nicole's darkest hour, her pre-Trimspa reality show days on E! He seemed like a tragedy in the making--embarrassed by his mom as she chomped on fried chicken and sparred with Bobby Trendy over pink maribou frou-frou puffs for her boudoir while zonked out of her mind on God only knows what kind of pills--and now that tragedy has come to pass. This story will surely have many, many more developing facets, so stay tuned...