• Smith collapsed Thursday afternoon
• Reports: Smith was found in hotel room unconscious
• Former model, reality star involved in controversy
• Adult son died last year soon after Smith's baby girl was born
(CNN) -- Reality TV star and former model Anna Nicole Smith was pronounced dead Thursday after being taken to a Florida hospital after being found unconscious in her hotel room, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the case told CNN.
Smith, 39, collapsed at a south Florida hotel and was taken to a local hospital, according to news reports.
TMZ.com had reported that Smith collapsed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood just after 2 p.m. ET.
According to reports, Smith was found unresponsive in her hotel room.
Smith was involved in a paternity suit regarding the parentage of her daughter, Danielynn, as well as other disputes, including some regarding a house she stayed at in the Bahamas around the time she gave birth.
Earlier this week, Smith was included in a class-action lawsuit against a company, TrimSpa, for which she had worked as a spokesperson. TrimSpa makes a product it claims leads to substantial weight loss. The lawsuit alleges the marketing of the product, TrimSpa X32, was false or misleading.
Smith's son, Daniel Wayne Smith, died at age 20 just days after the birth of Smith's daughter. Pathologist Cyril Wecht said a lethal dose of methadone and antidepressants caused cardiac dysrhythmia, leading to his death.
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.
Guess Jeans founder Paul Marciano, who employed Anna as a model in the 90s, has issued the following statement: "This is a very tragic and sad day. Personally I feel she did not survive the loss of her son Daniel, who was the love of her life."
"She was a great friend to animals and used every opportunity to speak out against senseless cruelty. We always thought Anna Nicole was a perfect fit for PETA because, just like us, she not only hated cruelty to animals and loved her dogs but also couldn't be ignored, and no matter what people thought of her, they always had an opinion, one way or another. ... It is a tragedy when anyone passes away before their time, but with Anna Nicole, animals have lost a true hero and PETA has lost a good friend. We will miss her."
Playboy Eds. Meet with Hef, Consider Memorial
Posted Feb 8th 2007 5:43PM by Claude Brodesser-Akner
Filed under: City Of Industry, Anna Nicole Smith
TMZ has learned that Playboy magazine's top editors are currently in conference with founder Hugh Hefner to determine the best way to commemorate the deceased 1993 Playmate of the Year in the magazine's pages. Smith had been on the cover of Playboy five times between 1992 and 2001.
One challenge to planning any Smith memorial: Lead time. Playboy is, of course, a monthly magazine; the April issue has already gone to press, and the May edition was scheduled to ship imminently.
For now, the only reference to her death is on the Playboy.com editor's blog, where as of 3:56 PM (CST) a tasteful "shoulders and above" black & white shot of Smith, evocative of Marilyn Monroe, carried this message:
"The entire Playboy family is saddened to learn of Anna Nicole Smith's untimely passing this afternoon. Anna was our 1993 Playmate of the Year, and also a wonderful ambassador to our readers. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her friends and family."
Hef, in the meantime, also released a personal statement from the magazine's offices in Los Angeles, describing Smith as "a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family, and to me personally."