- 6What Happened: Playboy Playmate, Reality Star and Media Sweetheart Found Dead from Overdose.
The media swarm over former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith's death was unforgettable, but that was because Anna Nicole Smith, both for her life and mysterious death, was unforgettable.
The famously voluptuous blonde was found unresponsive in her room at the Minole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino after an accidental overdose of at least nine prescription drugs.
This came a year after Smith's own 20-year-old son Daniel died in the Bahamas from drug-related causes.
Adding more fire to the flames of media attention, Smith also gave birth to her daughter, Dannielynn, not long before her death and questions of paternity arose right after her passing with several men pulling a reverse-Maury and stepping up to the plate claiming to be the father.
It also did not help the frenzy that Smith was still in an ongoing lawsuit with Pierce Marshall over her $450 million inheritance from oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall.
The woman sure knew how to build a scandal. Like her idol Marilyn Monroe, Anna Nicole Smith lived a life full of controversy and died having it carry her off as well.
The cause of her death was known, but the reason will always remain a mystery.
- 7What Happened: World's Biggest Sex Symbol Found Naked Face Down in Bed, Dead from Alleged Overdose, Reaching for the Phone, with No Evidence of Overdose Whatsoever.
Marilyn Monroe is perhaps the first person to have ever walked the earth as a blonde bombshell and gain fame for it. She was revered (and criticized) for being a sex symbol in the 50s and 60s and was the cover model for the very first Playboy issue in December 1953. She's known as one of the most beautiful women in history.
All the fame and glory, however, did not seem to help the young beauty's health and mental state of being and she eventually developed a dependency on alcohol and prescription medications (much like most people even half her age in Hollywood at the time) one that would lead to her inevitable demise.
On August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her bedroom at her Brentwood home. Some, like Dr. Thomas Noguchi of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, believed it was caused by a drug overdose and others, like Los Angeles Police Department officer Jack Clemmons, believed it to be a murder.
The actress and model was naked and lying facedown on her bed at the scene with her left hand reaching across for the telephone on the nightstand. Though there were prescription bottles everywhere, there was actually no water in the room or bathroom as well as no evidence of partially or undissolved capsules in her body.
Today, Marilyn Monroe's death remains a mystery and conspiracy theories float around like it was yesterday. Hollywood has truly never forgotten about this beautiful blonde and they never will.
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