Smith breaks her silence over her son's death in an interview with Entertainment Tonight

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 31, 2006 04:25 PM
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Anna Nicole Smith has broken her silence about the Sept. 10 death of her 20-year-old son, Daniel, in the Nassau hospital room where he was visiting her and his 3-day-old half-sister, Dannielynn Hope.

In a series of interviews scheduled to begin airing Nov. 2 on TV’s Entertainment Tonight, an emotional Smith says of her son, “I don’t understand why God took him and didn’t take me.”

She also says of daughter Dannielynn, “She looks like Daniel.”

ET correspondent Mark Steines, reporting on his meeting with Smith for the program’s Web site, writes that his subject had been transformed from the previous times he had met her.

“She seemed calmer, sadder, a bit broken, yet she looked quite beautiful,” he writes, adding that Smith beams when playing with her daughter and is gracious when introducing him to the man she calls her husband: her lawyer and confidante, Howard K. Stern.

“If I didn’t have Howard, or my baby, I wouldn’t be here,” Smith says in a video clip on the Web site.

On Sept. 28, Smith, 38, and Stern, 37, exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony on a boat off the coast of the Bahamas’ Paradise Island.

“She giggles like a schoolgirl when she talks about the first time she realized she was in love with Howard,” Steines writes.

But she crumbles at the mention of Daniel, “tears pouring out of her eyes, her body shaking from the sobbing.” (The results of official toxicology tests following Daniel’s death have not been released, but a private pathologist has said Methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro were found in his system.)

Steines writes, “This is not just a controversial, misunderstood woman, this is a mother who has lost a child.”

Coincidentally, on Tuesday, the day footage from the interview was revealed, Smith was hospitalized with pneumonia at Doctors Hospital in Nassau, where she gave birth to Dannielynn and where Daniel died, one of her attorneys told the Associated Press.

“She has a slight case of pneumonia,” said Wayne Munroe. “We’ve had a sudden change of weather here due to a cold snap.”