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Liveblogging: Anna Nicole Autopsy Results

The results are coming any minute now. Reporters are camped out at the site of the press conference as the world awaits the truth about the cause and manner of death of Anna Nicole Smith. Will the results clear Howard K Stern of any suspicion in having a role Anna Nicole's death? Or implicate him in some sort of foul play?
See the comments for a play-by-play of the news conference.







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IzzyMom

FYI --Tomorrow the inquest regarding the death of Anna Nicole's son, Daniel, begins tomorrow.

Tracey

here!

Tracey

i guess the question is: *intentional* overdose? and how can you know?

IzzyMom

Unconfirmed information -- According to reporter from S. Florida -- cause of death was drug overdose. This was reported last week by the Star/Enquirer who received the supposedly leaked info from a secret source.

IzzyMom

Dr. Perper is beginning to speak.

Introduces Seminole police cheif, Charlie Tiger (sp?)

IzzyMom

Seminole police chief is now speaking.

Detectives interviewed numerous individuals, all were cooperative. Found no evidence of illegal drugs. Reviewed security cameras. Saw nothing unusual. Looked at laptops, no evidence of foul play. Have concluded death was an accidental overdose.

IzzyMom

Press: will HKS be charged with a crime?

Chief: No

IzzyMom

Perper thanking various officials for helping in the case and police for guarding ME's office for six weeks.

IzzyMom

Alright, Perper. Enough with the thank yous. Let's get to it!

IzzyMom

Still thanking everyone on planet earth....

amanda

he really is thanking everyone..

just get on it with!! HE IS STALLING!!

Erin Rae

Are they saying ~what~ she overdosed on?

IzzyMom

Perper: paraphrase... "We fully are aware of the loss a family experiences"

"We recognize they have a right to privacy. People who die under questionable circumstances losr tha privacy. We're very sorry for the release of public information"

IzzyMom

Erin: He hasn't said yet

amanda

where can i watch this at?

Erin Rae

Thanks :-)
I am obviously watching TV vicariously through you!

Tracey

its on CNN

Victoria

Also on the live feed from http://www.wsvn.com

Tracey

methadone for WHAT pain???

Laurie

CNN.COM says this -

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CNN) -- A drug overdose killed reality TV star and former 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.

IzzyMom

ANS was talking a number of antidepressant and anti anxiety drugs. Also some longevity drugs like vitamins, hormones, stuff for weight loss.

Before the trip to the US she felt fine, no depression, appetite good. She was taking growth hormone. Also taking methadone for pain. Had vitamin B12 or human growth hormone injected into left buttock at some point prior to infection.

amanda

ok are u kiddinng me? he's seriously going to say she overdosed??

he said the same thing about her son!!

he is saying the same thing he said about her son. this guy is an idiot!!

IzzyMom

Before coming to Florida, she had taken a dance lesson for a music video. She flew to the US with HKS. During the flight she was happy and in good spirits but complained about pain in buttock area.

In the limo from the airport, she complained again of pain. She developed chills and around 7:30 that night developed a fever. Friends urged her to go to a hospital. She was prescribed Tamiflu and and antibiotic, Cipro, and took an ice bath and her temp dropped and she felt better. Took chloral hydrate that night to go to sleep. Her temp never went above 100 and other than some vomiting, she felt okay.

On Wednesday, she was able to eat breakfast and dinner. Spent the day resting and watching TV.

On Thursday morning HKS said ANS was awake but tired. Asked for help to go to the bathroom and then went back to sleep. HKS left.

amanda

this all seems too scripted!!

Kyla

Hi ladies...I can't watch (TV is owned by the wee ones in the morning)...but I wanted to get the scoop anyway.

IzzyMom

Bodyguards wife was watching her during this time. She was found dead at 1:30pm.

Toxicology shows atropine in blood (?) During later autopsy, necrosis of buttock tissue was found. Bacteria from injection caused infection but found no evidence of bacteria in blood which means antibiotic was working. Infection was NOT raging, as reported.

leonie

how can u accidentely overdose??
i cant really understand what the guy is saying...

Victoria

I don't think the Broward County medical examiner has any special interest in this. Don't see how he would benefit from distorting the truth. Also from what I understand, Daniels' cause of death was investigated in the Bahamas

Amy H.

Didn't we all know that she over-dosed? I mean, what is with all the delay and drama from the coroner? I don't have any forensic training but I have watched enough CSI to have solved this case the minute it happened.

IzzyMom

No addictive narcotics in bloodstream but found in tissues indicating use of methadone use 2-3 days prior. 9 different meds in blood --Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Benadryl & others. She was also taking an anti-seizure medication. (WTH??) No drugs found in high concentration by third week of autopsy. Later toxicology found high doses of the metabolite of chloral hydrate. Did not find the drug itstelf because it's broken down quickly.

Combined drug intoxication with chloral hydrate with therapeutic levels of other drugs caused death. Viral stomach flu and infection on buttock are contributory causes.

Tracey

so the infection thing was a dead end. interesting.

Tracey

did they say what she was taking methadone for?

IzzyMom

They don't believe it was a suicide.

IzzyMom

Tracey - Taking it for pain

IzzyMom

Near drowning after Daniel's death was result of accidental drug overdose. History of drug over self-medication.

The chloral hydrate she took before death was not a massive dose in keeping with a suicide.

Cheryl

So, she had some weird drug interaction and a slight infection? Remind me never to mix my daily multivitamin with tylenol.

IzzyMom

No evidence of homicide.

"We do not speculate when we determine manner of death. Based on facts only. It is our determination that cause of death is combined drug toxicity and stomach flu and infection as contributory factors"

IzzyMom

I think the drugs combined caused the death, as in it depressed her nervous system or caused he heart to stop. <--my thoughts only

IzzyMom

I think it's interesting that the injection was not for your typical injected drugs but rather "longevity" drugs

IzzyMom

Perper says: Skin was not properly cleaned before injection rather than a "dirty needle"

IzzyMom

Press: why didn't she go to the hospital?

Perper: She cried and said she didn't want to go, according to numerous interviewees

IzzyMom

She was still alive at about 10:30 am. Toxicology indicates she died shortly before being found at 1:30pm.

IzzyMom

Press: Any one drug that tipped the balance?

Perper: The chloral hydrate tipped the balance because before that therapeutic levels of other drugs were not enough to cause death.

IzzyMom

Press: What happened? Did her heart give out?

Perper: She didn't suffer. The combined drugs shut down respiration and circulation centers in the brain.

IzzyMom

ANS normally took more than the prescribed dose of chloral hydrate

IzzyMom

Computer evidence will not be revealed because it didn't indicate any crime. HKS gave permission to gain access to look at computers, rather than have officials obtain court order.

Amy H.

The whole thing is crazy. But I love love love that you are liveblogging it so I know what is going on. I am stuck in a sea of cubicles and the only thing I can see is grey walls...

IzzyMom

ANS preferred chloral hydrate because other sleeping medications she tried were not as effective.

IzzyMom

Pain medication did not play a role in her death. Tylenol was the only pain med found in her blood. Took pain meds like methadone for stomach pain, back pain and something else that I didn't catch.

Tessa

I think Izzy is right. The combination of the drugs and the infection and the suspected flu dragged her respirations down and depressed the breathing reflex causing her death. She was such a sad lil' clown :(

IzzyMom

To press: No evidence of recent plastic surgery

IzzyMom

Now we know... No homicide. Not a suicide. And best of all, IMHO, no overdose on pain medication(s) such as methadone or Demerol or any of the other speculated drugs.

IzzyMom

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