Published February 08, 2007
| Associated Press
The following are reactions to the sudden death of Anna Nicole Smith from various people whose lives she touched:
"I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally." — Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
"Our family was shocked by the untimely death of Anna Nicole Smith. We wish to express our sympathies to her family in this difficult time." — The family of Smith's deceased husband, J. Howard Marshall II. Led by E. Pierce Marshall, who died in June, the Marshalls have battled Smith in court for the oil tycoon's fortune.
"She was a great friend to animals and used every opportunity to speak out against senseless cruelty. ... It is a tragedy when anyone passes away before their time, but with Anna Nicole, animals have lost a true hero and PETA has lost a good friend." — Michael McGraw, director of media relations for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
"Anna knew both the joy of giving life, and the heartache of losing a child. We pray that she is granted the peace that eluded her more recent days on earth, and that she find comfort in the presence of her son, Daniel." — Alex Goen, CEO and founder of TrimSpa.
"Poor Anna Nicole. She's been the underdog. She's been besieged ... and she's been trying her best and nobody should have to endure what she's endured." — Smith's attorney Ron Rale.
"From my professional exposure to Anna Nicole, I can say she was always personable, down to earth and driven. All in all, a joy to have as a client." — Wayne Munroe, Smith's Bahamian lawyer who has overseen the aftermath of her son's mysterious death in Nassau.
"For those of us who worked closely with Anna Nicole and got to know the woman behind the public persona, this is devastating news. She was a sweet person who adored her son, made us laugh and cry with her, and who was never afraid of what others may have thought of her. There will never be another like her, and I already miss her." — Jeff Shore, head of E! Studios.
"This is a very tragic and sad day. Personally I feel she did not survive the loss of her son Daniel, who was the love of her life." — Paul Marciano, CEO of Guess Inc., for which Smith appeared in TV commercials, billboards and magazine ads.