After an extensive investigation, it seems that Smith's son died following the ingestion of methadone, Lexapro, and Zoloft, a medication cocktail not meant to be combined. And her newborn daughter, it appears, is the result of a union between Smith and lawyer Stern -- as of Thursday, Mr. Anna Nicole. Here's where the PR lessons come in. While Daniel's premature death surely added a depressing undertone to Smith's oddly timed nuptials, any celebrity marriage is a boost for the Bahamian tourism industry.
Secondly, Smith says she'll do whatever it takes to keep medicine-related tragedies from happening in other families; it could offer the opportunity for Lexapro or Zoloft to address brand safety issues with a high-profile spokesperson. (Of course, there are also certain anti-psychology drug proponents just licking their chops to get Smith to represent their organizations; we'll see who gets to her first.) But perhaps the most valuable message here transcends PR entirely, a life lesson few people tell better than Anna Nicole and Howard K. Stern: If you hang around long enough, and make through some really difficult situations, you eventually get want you want.