The iconic personality was born on the 28th of November 1967 and raised in Houston, Texas. Not much of an academic person, she dropped out of high school and married by the age of 17. Vickie Lynn Marshall, also known by her stage name as Anna Nicole Smith, was a beloved model, actress, television persona, and sex symbol. Appearing as the Playmate of the Year in 1993, she gained easy popularity through Playboy Magazine. She also modeled, by the age of 20, for some clothing companies like “Guess” jeans. She also starred on her very own reality TV show called The Anna Nicole Show which debuted in August of 2002. Her life was a constant struggle both in their home and outside it. Her struggles, however, ended when she was 39 years of age. Her death was both a shock and a mystery.
It was the 8th of February 2007, she checked in three days earlier at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida with Howard K. Stern. She was staying in room 607 at the hotel. She was found unresponsive, with no pulse and breathing. Her friend, Tasma Brighthaupt, who was also a trained emergency nurse, performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for about 15 minutes. Smith’s bodyguard, who was also a trained paramedic, upon arriving, took over performing the CPR. This gave Tasma the time to call the hotel workers who in turn called 911. Maurice administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until the arrival of the paramedics. Smith was then rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at around 2:49 p.m.
Later that afternoon, the police reported to news reporters at the scene that the room where Smith’s body was found unconscious was cleared and that evidence was being carried out of the building. A seven-week investigation was set in motion and was led by, Broward County Medical Examiner and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Joshua Perper who also worked with the Seminole Police and a few independent forensic pathologists and toxicologists. The death of Anna Nicole Smith, as Dr. Perper sees it, was because of combined drug intoxication. The main drug component seen was chloral hydrate, a sleeping medication. Although many speculate that it was illegal substance abuse, there is no proof or evidence that would point out to the consumption of illegal drugs. Conclusively, her death was due to drug overdose of the main component and sedative, chloral hydrate that became increasingly deadly when it was combined with other prescription drugs in her system. These other prescription drugs were classified as either mainly depressants or had depression as one of their side effects. The drugs were Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Oxazepam, Diazepam, Benadryl, and Topamax. The levels of the drugs in her blood circulation were of normal amounts but the combination of these drugs was believed to be the main cause of her death.
Ultimately, people have been led to believe that it was an “accidental” drug abuse that killed Anna Nicole Smith. But was it really accidental? It was reported that 8 out of the 11 drugs in Smith’s circulation was not prescribed to her but to her husband. Was the death accidental or was it planned?