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Remembering Anna Nicole Smith five years after her death

It's been five years since the death of Anna Nicole Smith, the Playboy model turned reality TV star who died in her Hollywood, Fla., hotel room on Feb. 8, 2007, at age 39.It seemed for more than a decade that Smith was in the news every other day. A few of the highlights:At age 26, Smith married Texas oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall when he was 89. She met him while she was dancing at a strip
Anna Nicole Smith in Hollywood in 2005.
Anna Nicole Smith in Hollywood in 2005.Today

It's been five years since the death of Anna Nicole Smith, the Playboy model turned reality TV star who died in her Hollywood, Fla., hotel room on Feb. 8, 2007, at age 39.

It seemed for more than a decade that Smith was in the news every other day. A few of the highlights:

  • At age 26, Smith married Texas oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall when he was 89. She met him while she was dancing at a strip club in Houston. After his death in 1995, a years-long battle ensued over Marshall's estate before a Supreme Court ruling in 2011 finally denied Smith's estate any part of her late husband's riches.
  • Smith gave birth to daughter Dannielynn on Sept. 7, 2006, in the Bahamas and three days later her son Daniel, 20, died in mysterious circumstances in her hospital room. Another lengthy battle ensued as two men -- attorney/boyfriend Howard K. Stern and photographer Larry Birkhead -- both claimed to be the father of Smith's new daughter.
  • Birkhead eventually prevailed in the custody battle and Stern faced continued legal troubles after he and two of Smith's doctors were charged with providing Smith with numerous prescription drugs before her fatal overdose.

For more memories of Smith and the chaos that followed her during and after her short life, check out the attached slideshow: