Smith's Autopsy: Drugs, But 'No Foul Play'

Despite the media circus that surrounded Anna Nicole Smith's life and her sudden death, the reason for her death was straightforward: she died of an accidental drug overdose.

The Playboy Playmate's overdose was a combination of a sleeping medication and at least eight other prescription drugs, all exacerbated by a bacterial infection she got recently from injecting drugs into her buttocks, report authorities.

Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper listed the sleeping medication cholral hydrate as the major factor in the intoxication, with methadone, anti-anxiety and weight-reducing drugs, longevity medication, vitamin B12, growth hormone and other substances in her system. Her hotel room also included cold medicine, SlimFast, nicotine gum and Tamiflu tablets.

After a thorough investigation, Seminole Police Department Chief Charlie Tiger announced that Smith died of "an accidental overdose with no other criminal element present" and that they had "found nothing to indicate any foul play" after examining security videotapes and a laptop belonging to Smith's companion, Howard K. Stern.

Smith, 39, had collapsed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Feb. 8. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

The drama hasn't ended with Smith's death, however. Some suspected foul play on Stern's part at the time because of uncharacteristic behavior following closely on the heels of the mysterious death of Smith's son, Daniel in the Bahamas five months earlier.

On September 7, 2006, Smith gave birth to a daughter, Dannielynn, in the Bahamas. Three days later, Smith's 20-year-old son Daniel was found dead, sitting in a chair in his mother's hospital room. An inquest into his death is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the Bahamas.

In addition, while Stern is named Dannielynn's father on the birth certificate, Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead is challenging the paternity. DNA testing still hasn't been performed. At least two other men have also claimed to have fathered Dannielynn, who stands to inherit millions if the court rules that Smith is owed a fortune after her husband, oilman J. Howard Marshall, died.