Anna Nicole Smith dead at 39

Anna Nicole Smith dead at 39Reality TV star and former model Anna Nicole Smith was pronounced dead Thursday after being taken to a Florida hospital, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Smith, 39, collapsed at a south Florida hotel, according to news reports.

Love or hate celebrities, I cannot help but feel the loss of an interesting human being.

Anna Nicole had become a fixture on Entertainment Tonight, the prime-time gossip vid that has crept into our lives. Everybody shared the loss of her son and her never-ending battle with depression and grief.

And although she was a product of another World, totally foreign to my own, her raw and genuine humanity did show through the glamour and glitz.

So today I offer a toast to Anna Nicole.

You gave us something that the likes of Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson could never give us; a window in the painful reality that is the life of the celebrity.

You were real. And now you’re gone.

Happy journey Anna Nicole Smith!
Bonus: Bob Harris’s take on Anna Nicole in the news