Whatever else one thinks about Anna Nicole Smith — and I generally try to think about her as little as possible — this story is a mother’s nightmare:
The 20-year-old son of Anna Nicole Smith died while visiting his mother in the hospital where the reality TV star and former Playboy playmate had given birth last week, a Bahamas police official said Monday.
Daniel Wayne Smith died Sunday in his mother’s room at Doctors’ Hospital in Nassau, Reginald Ferguson, assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamian Police Force, said in an interview with The Associated Press. He said an autopsy was under way.
Smith arrived Saturday night in the Bahamas and apparently went directly to the hospital where he spent the night, Ferguson said.
“It would appear from our report that the mother had gotten up, saw him in the chair and he appeared to be sound asleep,” he said. “She tried to wake him up, he was unresponsive, and she sounded the alarm.”
Medical personnel arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene, Ferguson said.
Anna Nicole Smith, 38, gave birth to a healthy 6-pound, 9-ounce girl at the hospital Thursday, her Web site said.
“Anna Nicole is absolutely devastated by the loss of her son. He was her pride and joy and an amazing human being,” a statement on the site said. It said that drugs or alcohol were not believed to be a factor.
I never thought there would come a time when I would feel terribly sad and sorry for Ms. Smith, but today is definitely that day. It’s almost Dickensian to have your son die at your bedside as you care for your new baby.