Anna Nicole Smith had just given birth and hoped to share the joy with her son, Daniel Wayne Smith. However, fate was cruel to her.
A mother's pain of losing her child is inexplicable. It leaves emotional wounds that take a long time to heal and some indelible scars. For Anna Nicole Smith, the death of her son came like an unexpected thunderstorm, especially since the American model and television personality had just given birth to her baby girl.
Her 20-year-old son Daniel Wayne Smith was visiting his newborn half-sister and mother at the hospital when the tragedy happened. The boy stayed over with his mother that night at the hospital.
Next morning, Anna frantically tried to wake him up but he was unresponsive, according to Fox News. Knowing something was not right, the woman then reached out to Howard K. Stern, her lawyer who was present at the hospital. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Stern said, "Well, I remember Anna saying 'Howard, Howard, wake up! Daniel's not breathing! I went over and checked his neck, and I didn't feel anything and we immediately called the nurse," according to CBS. Though they tried to save his life, it was in vain. The boy died by his mother's bedside on September 10, 2006, just three days after his sister was born. The reports later ascertained that the boy had died of accidental overdose.
"Anna Nicole was so distraught at the loss of Daniel that she refused to leave his side and it was necessary to sedate her in order to check her out of the hospital," stated Michael Scott, an attorney, according to CBS News. Anna was attached to her son and she couldn't bear it that he was gone forever.
She was not ready to accept the death of her son. "When a mother loses a child -- I know it took them four hours to pry her off of his body. She wouldn’t allow him to be buried, she just had to be next to him and near him," recalled Margaret Cho, a close friend of Anna, according to Huffington Post.
The loss broke Anna, so much so that she even suffered a memory loss at the time of her son's death. However, she recalled how she heard of his passing away.
Talking about how Stern broke the news to her, she said, "He said: 'Sit down'... he said: 'Daniel's dead.' I said: 'What are you talking about? and he said: 'Daniel's dead.'" She continued, "I thought they were playing that game they play on TV... Punk'd. I don't understand why God took him and didn't take me." According to CBS, she even added that her boy was excited to see his sister and had flown down to the Bahamas just to hold her.
Understandably, Daniel's death took a major emotional toll on Anna though she did not spell out all her emotions. The people close to her saw her struggle. Appearing in Larry King Live, Stern said, "She's struggling with her emotions. It's been very rough, and she said that she didn't want to trade out children: one to be born and another to die," according to Local 10.
On 8 February 2007, just five months after Daniel's death, Anna passed away. She died of an accidental overdose as well; sources close to her stated that the immediate loss of her son affected her physical and mental health. Speaking of the days leading to her unfortunate death, Margaret Cho stated that she was going through a lot of pain as a parent. "Her son had died, and her son was just so precious to her."
In an interview with People, Stern added, "Anna and Daniel were inseparable. Daniel was without question the most important person in Anna’s life. From the time I met her, everything was for Daniel. I would say that physically, she died last week, but in a lot of ways, emotionally she died when Daniel died."