LawFuel.com – Anna Nicole Smith – Playboy Playmate and billionaire’s w…

LawFuel.com – Anna Nicole Smith – Playboy Playmate and billionaire’s widow Anna Nicole Smith, who died at the age of 39 after apparently collapsing in a Florida hotel room, her lawyer said today.

Attorney Ron Rale says Anna had been under the weather with “flu-like symptoms” the past week and she “showed signs of a fever” last night. According to Rale, Anna’s lawyer-turned-partner Howard K.Stern is at the Miami hospital now and is overwhelmingly distraught.

TMZ.com reports that Anna Nicole Smith’s former lawyer, Lenard Leeds, who represented Anna in her highly publicized trial over her late husband J. Howard Marshall’s estate, has released exclusive statements about the late star’s life.

About reports of Anna’s drug use, Leeds said, “Anna always had problems with her weight going up and down, and there’s no question she used alcohol.” Leeds says it’s no secret that, “she had a very troubled life” adding Anna had, “so many, many problems.”

She also had other issues, including an order to have her five-month-old baby undergo a paternity test as part of a lawsuit by an ex-boyfriend.

The former playmate often drew comparisons to another blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe. Leeds said, “She wanted to be like Marilyn her whole life and ironically died in a similar manner.” Marilyn died at age 36 in 1962.

Smith was Playboy’s Playmate of the Year in 1993. In 1994, she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall after meeting him at a strip club. Marshall’s death 14 months later set off a legal battle over his estate between Smith and her husband’s son, E. Pierce Marshall, who died in June.

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