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How did Anna Nicole Smith die?

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02/17/2007

On February 8, 2007, Smith was found unresponsive in room 607 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. A spokeswoman from the hotel stated that Smith checked in on February 5, 2007 at 20:00 as a guest and was due to check out on February 9, 2007. According to Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger, at 1:38 p.m. (18:38 UTC) Smith's bodyguard, who is a trained paramedic, called the hotel front desk from her sixth floor room. The front desk in turn called security, who then called 911. At 1:45 p.m. the bodyguard administered CPR before she was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital at 2:10 p.m and pronounced DOA at 2:49 p.m. Rescue teams then attempted CPR again as well as intubation, IV's, 12-lead electrocardiogram, electrical captures, and an external pacemaker used in a process called "pacing". Smith's companion, Howard K. Stern, was not with her in the hotel room when she died and has reported to Entertainment Tonight that her temperature was running 104 degrees the night before. Smith's attorney, Ron Rale, stated that Smith had flu-like symptoms for the last couple of days before her death. Entertainment Tonight's Mark Steines stated that Smith had to take an ice bath on February 5, 2007 after her fever reached 105 degrees. MSNBC Reporters had been told that witnesses at the Hard Rock Hotel's bars observed her drinking profusely to the point where she couldn't walk independently. The medical examiner has reported that the official cause of her death is still unknown. The police chief has said that there is no indication that a crime has occurred in Smith's death.There were no illegal drugs found in the hotel room, only prescription drugs. Preliminary results of the autopsy found no drugs in Smith's stomach. A phone call was released to the public on February 13, 2007 involving Seminole police and the local 911 operators, saying: We need assistance to Room 607 at the Hard Rock. It's in reference to a white female. She's not breathing and not responsive...actually it's Anna Nicole Smith.