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02.08.07

Anna Nicole Smith Dead at 39

Anne Nicole Smith, the voluptuous former Playboy centerfold who married a Texas billionaire and waged a legal battle for his fortune all the way to the Supreme Court, died Tuesday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39.

The curvaceous Texas-born Smith was a topless dancer at strip club before she made the cover of Playboy magazine in 1992, captivating readers with her Marilyn Monroe looks. She became Playboy's playmate of the year in 1993.

The blond bombshell - who recently became tabloid fodder all over again after the sudden, apparently drug-related death of her 20-year-old son - was found was unresponsive while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, said the attorney, Ron Rale. She was rushed to a hospital.

Smith gave birth to a baby girl just the day before her son died.

The cause of death has not been disclosed.

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