Reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith is said to be “absolutely devastated” after her 20-year-old son died while visiting her in the Bahamas hospital where she gave birth last week.
Daniel Wayne Smith died on Sunday at Doctors Hospital in Nassau, Reginald Ferguson, of the Royal Bahamian Police Force, said. He said a post mortem was being carried out.
Daniel arrived on Saturday night in the Bahamas and apparently went directly to the hospital where he spent the night in his mother’s room, Mr 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, Mr Ferguson said.
Anna Nicole Smith, 38, gave birth to a healthy 6lb 9oz girl at the hospital on Thursday, her website said.
Her son had travelled to the Caribbean country “to share in the joy of his baby sister”, according to a statement on the site.
“Anna Nicole is absolutely devastated by the loss of her son. He was her pride and joy and an amazing human being,” the statement said. It said drugs or alcohol were not believed to be a factor.
Daniel Smith was the product of Ms Smith’s 1985 marriage to Billy Smith. The couple, who met while working together at Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken in Mexia, Texas, divorced in 1987.
Daniel had small roles in her films Skyscraper and To the Limit.
Robin Bonnema, a spokeswoman for Trimspa, the diet products company that has been endorsed by Smith, said she did not know the name of the baby girl’s father.
Ms Smith married Texas oil tycoon J Howard Marshall II in 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. He died the following year.
She then feuded with Mr Marshall’s son, Pierce Marshall, over her entitlement to the tycoon’s estate before he died in June at the age of 67.
In the long-running dispute, Ms Smith had won a €359m judgement, which was later cut to about €70m and eventually reduced to zero. In May, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Ms Smith could continue to pursue the fortune in federal courts in California despite a Texas state court ruling that Mr Marshall’s youngest son was the sole heir.