There are now photos of the corpse of Anna Nicole Smith in print and online. The one-time model and Playboy playmate is shown on her back in a black body bag. Her lips are blue in the creepy images. Some say the images are real, while the magazine’s official stance appears to be that they are images recreated from what witnesses claim to have seen. Radar Online has been all over the story noting what was coming even before the magazine hit newsstands.
A report from last week detailed that despite a cover line that screams, ‘Anna Nicole the last photo,’ a caption inside the latest issue of the National Enquirer notes that the images of a blue-lipped Smith in a partially zipped body bag are “photo re-creations based on eyewitness accounts.”
The online report: For the tabloid that famously bribed one of Elvis Presley’s cousins to shoot photos of his open casket, isn’t this resort to Photoshop a bit cheap? “I don’t think so, because it’s so realistic and there’s so much news in the story,” argues Enquirer editor in chief David Perel. (The article claims it was pneumonia, not a drug overdose, that killed Smith.) “If you had our images side-by-side with the actual photos, I don’t know if you’d be able to tell them apart.”
Perel was cagey about the methods used to “re-create” Smith’s rigor-mortised visage. “It’s almost the way a sketch artist works. There were so many different layers of how to achieve it, I couldn’t even begin to describe it to you.”
On Monday, speculation ramped up with a report from the New York Post that claimed that the photos are indeed real, but the “re-creation” excuse was used to keep the sources out of trouble. The debate continues and a conclusion here from Radar appears to be that one may indeed be created but if any of the photos are real, it is the second one that can be found here.
The photos are here decide for yourself.