It's been a long time coming, but the cause of Anna Nicole Smith's premature death in February has finally been revealed – far from the Howard K Stern-assisted death that many suspected, an accidental drug overdose seems to have done her in.
At a news conference today, Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger confirmed that there was no foul play involved in the death of Anna Nicole Smith, and also made it clear that Howard K Stern will not face any kind of prosecution. Following this announcement Dr Joshua Perper, the Medical Examiner for Broward County, went into more details about what kind of accidental drug overdose Anna Nicole Smith by basically listing different types of prescription drugs for about twenty minutes.
Ever since Anna Nicole Smith died on February 8, there have been three main points of concern; 1) Where would Anna Nicole Smith be buried, 2) Who's the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter and 3) What killed Anna Nicole Smith anyway? Over the last few weeks those questions have been answered – Anna Nicole Smith was buried in the Bahamas and we could find out who the babydaddy is very soon – and today it was revealed that an accidental drug overdose killed Anna Nicole Smith.
After Anna Nicole Smith's son Daniel died in September – with a drug cocktail subsequently found to be to blame – if seemed almost inevitable that Anna Nicole Smith would go the same way and, to some extent, that's what happened. CNN reports on the Anna Nicole Smith death press conference:
A drug overdose killed former reality TV star and Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith, Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said Monday. Tiger said there was no evidence of foul play and the overdose was accidental. The medical examiner's office had said on March 7 that the cause of Smith's death had been determined, but it would not be announced for one to two weeks to give police time to finish the investigation. Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper wanted to make sure none of the investigators' findings change any of his own findings, his office said then.
While the Anna Nicole Smith press conference is still being dissected, it is also clear that Anna Nicole Smith's body showed no signs of serious injuries, and there was no evidence that Anna Nicole Smith had consumed a large quantity of prescription drugs. No illegal drugs, but some amount of unnamed legal drugs, were found in Anna Nicole Smith's room on the day of her death.
At the time of her death, Anna Nicole Smith was said to be suffering from some form of stomach flu – possibly brought on by an infection picked up while receiving a vitamin shot in her buttock. After her temperature reached a dangerously high level, Anna Nicole Smith refused to go to a hospital and instead took an ice bath and some medication. It is this medication that Anna Nicole Smith seems to have accidentally overdosed on, with Dr Perper naming anxiety and depression medication, valium, ativan and antihistamine and chloral hydrate as being amongst the cocktail of drugs in her system.
So now the case into Anna Nicole Smith's death is closed, we can all get on with our lives – apart from Larry Birkhead, who must be pretty bummed out that his Goodnight My Sweet Anna Baby stageplay will have a tragic, although not entirely suspenseful ending.