I have to say, at the outset, that I wasn't really a big Anna Nicole Smith fan. I'm not sure if I get the whole celebrity for celebrity sake. Though, in her case, she parlayed a spread in Playboy into a career of celebrity.
The news that she had passed away came via a phone call that was completely unexpected. As if a head of state or a major star had passed, I was informed that Anna Nicole was dead. And I have to say I was a little shocked.
Not because she was a towering figure of celebrity, but because her life seemed to have taken such dramatic turns, most especially of late. I thought maybe, just maybe, she would settle down a bit and raise her newborn daughter in an environment that was a little less filled with flashing bulbs now that she was left with only one child, after the unexpected death of her 20 year old son just a few months ago.
The shock I guess I'm experiencing is the disbelief that someone who is only 39 years old, and who only recently lost a son, can just die. Granted I don't know the information surrounding her death. But I can't help but feel a little sad, for all involved, that her tragic life has now ended at such a young age.
It was announced yesterday that she was a defendant in a class action suit brought against Trim-Spa for whom she was a spokesperson, and while she had won a legal victory from the Supreme Court last year, the contested will of her late husband seemed to be headed back to court again, and the paternity of her newborn daughter was in doubt as two men have claimed to be the father.
So it goes without saying that her life might have been less than idyllic. And while I don't want to speculate on what happened, or how it happened, maybe now, she's at rest, away from all of the flashbulbs, the tabloids, and the craziness that was her short life.