YOU wouldn’t have needed a crystal ball to have predicted that Anna Nicole Smith’s life would end badly. Between lawsuits, paternity claims, mysterious deaths and drug struggles, this stripper-centerfold-heiress-celebrity-mom was a train wreck in the making. And yet we watched, with morbid amusement. Now Smith is dead, leaving a baby girl behind. And suddenly her sad life – once a national joke – doesn’t seem so funny any more. Celebrity dysfunction may be a spectator sport in America, but at moments like this, we realize that it’s not so frivolous after all. These are real people, with real struggles and real suffering. Making Smith’s self-destruction all the more pathetic is that for so long it served as popular entertainment. May she at last rest in peace. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!