Family and friends have been paying tribute to model and former Playboy bunny Anna Nicole Smith, who died on Thursday in Florida.
DONNA HOGAN, SISTER
We are saddened and heartbroken by my sister's death. No matter what our differences have been over the years, Anna was still our blood and she will be missed terribly.
She was a woman who was determined to get out of her small town in Texas and make a name for herself.
HUGH HEFNER, PLAYBOY FOUNDER
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.
My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
FAMILY OF LATE HUSBAND J HOWARD MARSHALL
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.
ALEX GOEN, CEO AND FOUNDER OF TRIMSPA, DIET SUPPLEMENT COMPANY WHICH SHE WORKED FOR
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.
MICHAEL MCGRAW, PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS
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.
JEFF SHORE, E! STUDIOS
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.
PAUL MARCIANO, CEO OF GUESS INC. ADVERTISING AGENCY
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.