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Did ANNA NICOLE SMITH die from a disease she kept from the world?

Tonight on ET, Anna's longtime friend, FRANK RODRIGUEZ, drops a bombshell -- claiming that the late TRIMSPA spokesmodel possibly died due to complications from the autoimmune disease, lupus.

A close friend of Anna Nicole's since 1996 who also appeared on "The Anna Nicole Show," the emotionally distraught Frank exclusively tells ET's THEA ANDREWS, "I just remember her telling me she didn't want her fans to remember her this way; that it couldn't get out."

Frank says Anna revealed her secret to him about two years after they met, in 1998. Lupus is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own organs and tissues. It most often affects the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood or brain, which can result in achy joints, fever, prolonged fatigue and seizures.

"Her whole body would ache," says Frank, who claims that Anna was in denial about her situation and may have not sought further treatment for the disease. "She would just shut down, basically; she would sleep for days. It was frightening at times, the seizures. She went into seizures a lot. She'd black out a lot of the times. She pulled me aside and she told me that she was on medication for it. She told me her condition."

Frank says he believes Anna died because of lupus ("I think her body just shut down," he says), and that he finally came forward because he wants to set the record straight and put the speculation to rest that Anna Nicole had been abusing drugs.

"[The public is] entitled to know the truth," he says. "I mean, she's gone and I don't like what I hear about her. I don't want people to remember her for what they say -- that she was a drug addict. It angers me. It really, really upsets me."

Frank says that Anna's alleged former boyfriend, LARRY BIRKHEAD, did not know about the lupus until a little over a week ago. "I called Larry and told him; I thought that he should know," says Frank. "I believe he's the father [of DANNIELYNN] and I was concerned for his daughter. So I called him and I told him." As for Anna's partner, HOWARD K. STERN, "He may have known, he may have not, I didn't know. Howard and I haven't really talked."

Today in the Bahamas, Howard acknowledged to ET's MARK STEINES that Frank was a part of Anna's inner circle, but he is skeptical about the lupus claim: "I've been told what Frankie said, and he may have believed it, but I don't think it would be entirely accurate," says Howard.

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Who was it here asking about the girl that was on the Anna show?

Weel, they finally found her and according to a website, she says that Anna was bad on drugs and Howard's not to blame.

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The Associated Press

NASSAU, Bahamas - Anna Nicole Smith, her coffin covered with a rhinestone-studded blanket and her portrait on the church altar, was mourned by family and friends Friday during a funeral service before a white hearse took her body to the cemetery.

The mahogany coffin was carried into the white-columned Mount Horeb Baptist Church, as hundreds of tourists and fans watched from behind steel barricades guarded by Bahamian police. Some in the crowd cried out “Anna! Anna! We love you!”

Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, arrived in a white stretch limousine with an entourage of about 10 people. She wore a black dress and waved to the cheering crowd.

Smith’s casket was closed and the pews were festooned with pink flowers, said Yvonne Gibson, one of the guests. There were fewer than 100 guests, even though an organizer said about 300 — including an “Entertainment Tonight” camera crew — had been invited.

The TV program reported on its Web site that guitarist Slash, formerly of Guns N’ Roses, was among the guests, and country singer Joe Nichols had been expected to sing two songs requested by Smith’s boyfriend, Howard K. Stern: “I’ll Wait for You” and Dolly Parton’s “On the Wings of a Dove.”

Smith’s body was then taken to the Lakeview Memorial Gardens for a private burial with a smaller group of invited guests, said Richard Milstein, the court-appointed advocate for Smith’s 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn. Onlookers, mostly Bahamians, spontaneously broke out into the hymn “When Peace Like a River” as the white hearse arrived.

Boos for Smith's mother

Arthur, who had been cheered earlier at the memorial, was booed as she arrived at the cemetery. The guests disappeared under a green tent covering the gravesite amid tight security. Smith was being buried in a tiara and custom-made, beaded gown, said organizer Patrik Simpson of Beverly Hills, Calif.

Smith’s grave is next to that of her 20-year-old son, Daniel, who died in September of an apparent drug overdose while visiting Smith in the hospital after she gave birth. “Entertainment Tonight” said Smith would be also buried with an urn containing some of the ashes of her late husband, Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II.

Simpson’s partner, Pol Atteu, has designed more than a dozen gowns for Smith, including the one in which she was to be buried, he said. Simpson said Wednesday the ceremony would reflect Smith’s buoyant personality.

Gazing at the ranks of TV cameras and security outside the memorial service, Christie Rathgaber, a tourist, was amazed.

“She’s got a presidential kind of media frenzy going on,” said the 59-year-old nurse from Columbus, Ohio, who happened by the scene while waiting for nearby shops to open. “I’m just incredulous at all the fuss. She was not a world figure. She was not a queen. She was not a president. She was not anything ... It’s just way over the top.”

Legal wrangling to continue

The legal wrangling that began with Smith’s unexpected death at age 39 won’t end with the funeral: There is pending legal action on the custody of Smith’s daughter, who stands to inherit a fortune, and on ownership of a Bahamas mansion Smith used to establish residency in the islands last year.

In a last-minute bid to halt the burial, Arthur sought to have Supreme Court Justice Anita Adams grant her custody of Smith’s body, but the Bahamian judge denied it, according to Lilliemae MacDonald, the justice’s secretary.

“Her soul is at rest now. I am satisfied,” said Tanisha Grant, a local restaurant owner who was friends with Smith and attended the funeral.

An official inquest into the death of Daniel Smith in the Bahamas is also pending.

Dr. Joshua Perper, the Broward medical examiner, said he will announce Anna Nicole Smith’s cause of death next week. She died on Feb. 8 in a Florida hotel room. “This was a complex case,” Perper said. “It was an unusual case from a medical point of view.”

Smith’s mother had wanted to bury her daughter in her native Texas, and fought last week’s court ruling that gave control of the body to Milstein, who agreed with Stern that the former Playboy Playmate wanted to be buried next to her son, Daniel.

Smith married Marshall in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. She had been fighting his family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995.

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The Associated Press

NASSAU, Bahamas - Anna Nicole Smith’s tabloid saga and the accompanying media invasion has been a boon for some in the Bahamas and a curiosity for others.

Hundreds of islanders and tourists crowded behind barricades Friday for a glimpse at Smith’s private funeral, while others traveled in taxis and rented scooters to the gated, waterfront home where the late pinup lived.

Francina Clerke, a Ministry of Tourism employee, said she was saddened by the reality TV star’s death and concerned about the fate of her baby daughter, but was quick to add that the media spotlight has been positive for the island chain.

“This has certainly turned out to be good business for us. It’s also been a good opportunity to showcase the Bahamas because there has been so much interest,” Clerke said, in between directing tourists to Smith-related spots. “I think people here are amazed at how much interest there is.”

Few islanders had heard of Smith before her son died of apparent related causes in Nassau last year, bringing in large numbers of reporters from the United States to an island chain unaccustomed to mass media events.

Some have viewed their presence as an opportunity.

One local resident set up scaffolding near the cemetery where Smith was to be buried and offered to rent space to the media for $500. The owners of a shopping mall adjacent to the church where the memorial was held had initially insisted on charging $5,000 for camera crews looking to broadcast live and $2,000 for taped coverage from the scene. They later abandoned the idea amid protests, but urged reporters to include their development company’s name in coverage.

Others tried simpler forms of commerce, selling food and drinks to reporters staked out for long hours outside the cemetery or church or in previous days at the Bahamas courthouse. A downtown tattoo shop offered Anna Nicole tattoos.

Since her death on Feb. 8 in a Florida hotel room, tour buses and taxis that rarely venture to the exclusive eastern corner of New Providence Island where Smith lived have been shuttling tourists to the street outside the estate, called “Horizons,” to pose for photographs.

Tour operators have been steadily booking an excursion spanning most of the roughly 24-mile-long island of Nassau to take visitors to the gated mansion, the cemetery and the hospital where her son died and her baby was born.

At the church where Smith’s memorial service was held, a police commander reminded officers, clad in crisp uniforms, that the Bahamas was in the spotlight for Smith’s funeral and mistakes could cause embarrassment due to the heavy presence of TV cameras.

The media invasion coincides with the high season for tourism, so it was not clear if Bahamian hoteliers were helped or hindered by the journalists. But tour operator Sidney Ifill recently said the Smith business was “like our Christmas.”

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The Associated Press

NEW YORK - The cable news networks that have lived off the Anna Nicole Smith saga in the weeks since her death offered a muted farewell Friday.

Cameras followed the motorcade to a Bahamian church and focused from a distance on mourners as they came and left. Only cameras from the syndicated newsmagazine “Entertainment Tonight” were allowed into the funeral.

The coverage was sporadic throughout the day, overshadowed by the aftermath of tornadoes in the Southeast and the bus accident involving college baseball players in Georgia. Unlike the past few weeks, little old footage of Smith laughing and shaking for cameras was used.

On Feb. 8, when she died, and Feb. 9, the story took up half of the time on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

It continued to dominate the news through the fight over paternity of Smith’s baby and over where she would be buried. Friday’s funeral was even delayed because of a last-ditch effort by Smith’s mother to prevent her burial in the Bahamas.

“This certainly has a lot of the element of traditional tabloid fascination to it,” said Mark Jurkowitz, associate director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. “There’s sex, there’s paternity, there’s celebrity, there’s beauty, there’s legal hassles.”

All the video footage of Smith “vamping and posing seemed to help the story,” he said. Network correspondents also spent a lot of time talking about why they spent a lot of time on the story.

The news networks were caught in a classic bind: the story improved ratings, yet also drew complaints from viewers disgusted by the obsession.

CNN made a conscious decision to back off the story after those first few days, said Jon Klein, CNN U.S. president. It offered only cursory references to Friday’s funeral.

“There’s a heightened awareness due to the war that there’s a lot going on in the world that is very important,” Klein said. “The audience is very busy. They don’t want to waste their time and they don’t like it when we do.”

The story was a gold mine for the syndicated newsmagazines. Both “Inside Edition” and “Entertainment Tonight,” for example, drew their biggest audiences since February 2004 following Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl, according to Nielsen Media Research.

E! Entertainment Channel premiered a new special, “Anna Nicole: Rest in Peace,” after lengthy funeral coverage on Friday.

Ferocious competition among networks

The story prompted ferocious competition. When Ron Mott of MSNBC pointed out to viewers that “Entertainment Tonight” was allowed into the funeral, he said, “it remains to be seen if there is money involved, or how much money is involved.”

Lisa Summers Haas, a spokeswoman for the newsmagazine, refused to address questions about how “Entertainment Tonight” got the special access. She said it was “approved by all of the parties.”

Smith’s companion Howard K. Stern said that “Entertainment Tonight” paid for his private plane flight to the Bahamas — filming him weeping onboard — but denied receiving any money. Before she died, Smith reportedly had a working arrangement with “Entertainment Tonight” to provide material.

MSNBC, which flashed messages like “Slash from Guns ’n’ Roses attended Bahamas Funeral” on-screen during its coverage, had some inside help, too: correspondent Rita Cosby was invited to attend the funeral service, otherwise closed to the media.

Cosby hurried out after the funeral to offer several reports on what was said during the funeral service.

“Several sides extended the invitation to me and my producer,” Cosby said. “I was honored that they respected my coverage so much that they sought me out to include me in this very special service.”

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ugh. I can't stand that man.

And I'm sick to death of all this constant news coverage this woman is getting. It's a damn trainwreck, battles over funerals ... 7 or 8 potential fathers of that baby ... [[email protected]#$%^&*], I'm so sick of this white trash crew!

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ugh. I can't stand that man.

And I'm sick to death of all this constant news coverage this woman is getting. It's a damn trainwreck, battles over funerals ... 7 or 8 potential fathers of that baby ... [[email protected]#$%^&*], I'm so sick of this white trash crew!

I agree....between her and Britney Spears there is hardly anything else even on tv anymore. Who gives a damn? I don't....I lost interest in all this mess two weeks ago.

It's sad when this receives more coverage than issues which *should* be receiving coverage.....the war in Iraq, the deadly tornadoes in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri, missing children, and countless other important stories.

I am soooooooooooooooooo sick of hearing about her.

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what I don't get is how after she dies people are talking about her like she was this tragic heroine - instead of the trashy drugged up person we all made her out to be when she was alive. The news media, and the people so heavily invested in this story, are so fake!

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what I don't get is how after she dies people are talking about her like she was this tragic heroine - instead of the trashy drugged up person we all made her out to be when she was alive. The news media, and the people so heavily invested in this story, are so fake!

I know....you would think she was royalty....but you're right she was a type of trailer park trash who was boozed up, drugged up, and slept with any man who would say hello to her.

It's stupid. And it's sad to turn on the tv and see "Breaking News" thinking it's a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or serial killer; and instead see Anna's mother and former lovers fight over where the drugged up porn star should be buried. Just leave her be....let her stay buried to her dead son. End of story.

Do the DNA test and get these damn people the hell off my tv screen.

I just hope they don't feel the void after all this is over with more Britney Spears crap! :blink:

So much for hard-nosed, driven news stories.

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I know....you would think she was royalty....but you're right she was a type of trailer park trash who was boozed up, drugged up, and slept with any man who would say hello to her.

It's stupid.

[[email protected]#$%^&*]! Like what are we up to now, 7 potential fathers? Burkhead, Stern, Zsa Zsa's husband, the two random strangers, Howard Marshall's frozen sperm, and Daniel Smith?

Then we have that idiot Zsa Zsa husband, who'll go on any news outlet and say he's potentially the father, but when Nancy Grace asks when he slept with her, he responds with "Hey! When did I say I slept with her?! Why are you trying to get me into trouble!?"

[[email protected]#$%^&*] retarded ass-backwards sideshow crew!

I just hope they don't feel the void after all this is over with more Britney Spears crap! :blink:

So much for hard-nosed, driven news stories.

God, seriously! Why is this all that we see on CNN, HN, or the other outlets? Why is it every show paying Stern for exclusive interviews are on his side of the issue, and the shows that are just there are on the mother's? What has happened to the entire concept of journalistic integrity and being impartial?!

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