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The Death of Anna Nicole Smith

Background and Current Developments


Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith

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On Feb. 8, 2007, Anna Nicole Smith -- former Playmate, jeans model and bride of 89-year-old billionaire J. Howard Marshall II -- died at age 39 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The investigation into her death immediately focused on the large amount of prescription drugs found in her hotel suite.

Current Developments

Jury Finds Anna Nicole Was Not an Addict
Oct. 26, 2010
Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend/attorney and one of her doctors have been found guilty of conspiring to provide her with drugs by using false names, but none of the three defendants in the case were guilty of providing drugs to an addict. Howard K. Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich were found guilty of the false names charges.

Previous Developments

Judge Dismisses Some Anna Nicole Charges
Sept. 29, 2010
A judge who has been critical of the prosecution's case from the beginning has dismissed some of the charges facing the defendants in the Anna Nicole Smith case. Judge Robert Perry dropped two charges of obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit against Smith's boyfriend-lawyer Howard Stern.

Anna Nicole Smith Trial Begins
Aug. 4, 2010
Was Anna Nicole Smith a drug addict who manipulated her doctors and boyfriend to provide her with drugs or did she suffer from chronic pain for which her doctors could not find a cause? Those will be the key questions facing jurors as the trial of Howard K. Stern and Drs. Khristine Eroshevich and Sandeep Kapoor unfolds.

Medical Histories Required for Anna Nicole Jurors
July 20, 2010
The judge presiding over the trial of Anna Nicole Smith's doctors and lawyer will dismiss all potential jurors who refuse to reveal their personal medical history. Judge Robert Perry also plans to ask members of the jury pool if they have ever abused prescription drugs.

Trial Ordered in Anna Nicole Smith Case
Oct. 31, 2009
The former boyfriend-attorney and two doctors of Anna Nicole Smith have been ordered to stand trial for illegally providing her with prescription drugs prior to her 2007 overdose death. Howard K. Stern, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich will face trial on charges that include providing drugs to an addict.

Testimony Describes Anna Nicole Smith's Final Days
Oct. 14, 2009
A California Department of Justice investigator described in detail the final days of Anna Nicole Smith in a Florida hotel as a preliminary hearing began for her former lawyer-boyfriend and two doctors. The three are charged with conspiring to illegally provide her with controlled substances prior to her overdose death in 2007.

Three Charged in Anna Nicole Smith Drug Case
March 23, 2009
Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer and two Los Angeles doctors have been charged with providing her with thousands of prescription drugs leading up to her fatal overdose on Feb. 8, 2007, which was ruled an accidental death.

No Crime: Anna Nicole Smith's Death 'Accidental'
March 26, 2007
Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental drug overdose with no indication of foul play and no criminal action, according to the Seminole Police and the Broward County Medical Examiner. Although nine different prescription drugs were found in her system, all were at therapeutic levels.

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