It looks as if all the speculation about Anna Nicole Smith and her dead son Daniel can finally be put to rest, since a toxicology report has blamed Daniel Smith's death on a nasty mix of prescription drugs.
According to the man who Anna Nicole Smith herself hired to get to the bottom of Daniel Smith's death, Daniel had antidepressants Zoloft and Lexapro in his system when he died, along with heroin addiction treatment drug Methadone. Who'd have thought that being the son of one of world's most notorious, almost dead billionaire-marrying, mostly naked exhibitionist models would cause you to be depressed, huh?
Anna Nicole Smith is a woman who welcomes mystery into her life. Or at least she has done lately; there wasn't much mystery involved in her earlier modelling career – unless you count masturbating in a bathtub while being filmed by a bunch of men particularly mysterious, that is – but that all changed this year.
Previously most famous for marrying an elderly oil billionaire and then taking her fight for his money to the US supreme court, Anna Nicole Smith has become the subject of all kinds of intrigue this year. Firstly, nobody knew whether Anna Nicole Smith was pregnant or not and, when the pregnancy was finally confirmed, nobody knew who the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby was. And then, just days after her baby was born, Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son Daniel died in circumstances which only added to the mystery. Although it was thought that drugs may have killed Daniel Smith, reports couldn't confirm a cause of death until toxicology reports were returned.
And now it looks like all the mystery is finally at an end – Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer Howard K Stern says he's the father of the baby and toxicology reports have revealed that a combination of antidepressants Zoloft and Lexapro and heroin addiction treatment drug methadone were in Daniel Smith's system when he died. Cyril Wecht, who Anna Nicole Smith contacted to perform a second post mortem on her son, said of the test results:
“The fact that we have these drugs and the levels of the drugs overwhelmingly and most logically point to this being a tragic, accidental, drug-related death.”
Although that's the formally the end of the enquiry, it will probably take a long time for Anna Nicole Smith to get over the loss of her son. That means we'll have to wave goodbye to the wacky, eccentric, attention-seeking topless model Anna Nicole Smith and say hello to the wacky, eccentric, attention-seeking grieving mother Anna Nicole Smith.
[story by Stuart Heritage]