A lot of people don't feel sorry for self-destructive types when they eventually meet their fate. People felt that Steve Irwin was asking for it, what with all his taunting of crocodiles and poisonous snakes, even though the manner of his death was highly unusual. And I'm sure there are many who feel that way about Anna Nicole Smith., who seemed the poster girl for addiction. While I certainly subscribe to the idea that we create the situations in which we find ourselves, and I do believe she had drug/alcohol problems, I still think it's sad.
What a strange and sad road her life was. I always wonder if people have premonitions about their death. Did she know weeks or days before that she would be dead at 39 leaving behind her five month old baby, who doesn't even have a sure-fire father (that Howard K. Stern fellow...yikes. ) Maybe she didn't care.
I also find it amusing to hear people like Hugh Hefner and Larry King suddenly having nice things to say about her. It's hard to disparage a dead person. Especially one we were happy to exploit while she was alive.