DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith died of
an accidental drug overdose after she was found unresponsive at a
hotel, authorities said Monday.
"We found nothing to indicate any foul play," said Chief
Charlie Tiger of the Seminole police department.
Medical Examiner Joshua Perper said accidental overdose of a sleeping medication and at least
eight other prescription drugs, and she had recently had a bacterial infection from injecting drugs into her buttocks, authorities said Monday.
Perper said the detailed autopsy showed no evidence of disease.
Smith, 39, had been found unresponsive Feb. 8 in her room at the
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.
The weeks after her death that day were filled with public
courtroom drama and private whispers about what might have killed
her. Officials delayed releasing the autopsy results because of
additional evidence, not publicly released.
Perper's initial examination had revealed no serious injuries to
her body. Perper said then that prescription drugs, but no illegal
drugs, were found in Smith's hotel room, though he wouldn't
Smith had arrived at the Hard Rock on Feb. 5 and planned to
leave four days later aboard a new yacht that her companion Howard
K. Stern was arranging to buy. She was seldom seen outside her room
during her stay: She was said to be suffering from a stomach flu
before she died.
Because her death was so sudden, and because her 20-year-old son
Daniel died under suspicious circumstances five months earlier,
there has been speculation about possible criminal activity
surrounding the deaths. The Seminole Police Department investigated
the case because the casino is on tribal land.
An inquest into Daniel's death is scheduled to start Tuesday in
the Bahamas, where he died.
Smith grew up in Texas and went from topless dancer to Playboy
Playmate of the Year, Guess jeans model and bride of 89-year-old
oilman J. Howard Marshall II. She took her fight for Marshall's
estimated $500 million fortune as far as the Supreme Court, and the
ongoing battle could make her infant daughter, Dannielynn, very
wealthy. Stern and two other men have claimed to be the baby's