Former Playmate Anna Nicole Smith's Son Found Dead
September 11, 2006

He grew up in the media's glare. From his mother's court appearance to her E! reality show, 20-year-old Daniel Smith was always by his mother's side.

But on Monday, Anna Nicole Smith delivered the shocking and sad news of her son's passing on her website,

Daniel suddenly and mysteriously died Sunday in the same Bahamas hospital where his mother had given birth to her daughter by C-section three days earlier.

"Extra" first met Daniel in 1997, when the then 11-year-old boy shared a tender moment with his mom.

"He's kind of like my little man," Anna told us. "There'll always be time for my son."

A young Daniel starred with his mom in the movie "To the Limit," and on Monday we learned Daniel spent time this year working alongside Anna on the set of her sci-fi spoof movie, "Illegal Aliens," co-starring actor John James.

Friends who worked with Anna Nicole on the movie told us Daniel was actually staying with his mother in the same hospital room when he died. We're told when she tried to wake him, he didn't respond.

Monday marked an emotional time for Anna Nicole and those close to her, as a heartfelt message was posted on her website saying she is "absolutely devastated by the loss of her son. He was her pride and joy and an amazing human being."

Police in the Bahamas told "Extra" they are "launching an investigation into the passing of this young man."

But from the evidence gathered so far, there is no visible injury to Daniel and no signs of violence. At this time they do no suspect foul play, but they are not yet ruling out the possibility he suffered a massive heart attack.

Alex Goen, CEO of Trimspa who worked with Anna Nicole and her son, told us Daniel was extremely happy to see his mother.

"It was a perfect day, and it ended up with a horrible tragedy," Goen said.

Daniel was with his mom to celebrate the birth of his sister, after Anna Nicole surprised the world in June when she announced her pregnancy.

"I'm happy," she confessed. "I'm very, very happy about it."

However, the joy of new life is mixed with sadness at the sudden passing of Anna Nicole's only son.

As information becomes available about this mysterious death, you can be sure "Extra" will bring you all the details.


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