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The coroner's statements came in the wake of a story in the Nassau Guardian that Daniel Smith suffered a "massive heart attack" and that antidepressants had been found in his system. The newspaper said that Daniel was seen "vomiting uncontrollably" shortly before his death.
Police on Tuesday sought to downplay the Guardian report.
"That's just talk," Reginald Ferguson, the assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamian Police Force, told the Associated Press. "We have no evidence at this time to suggest that."
"[Daniel Smith] was supposedly asleep in the chair in the room and didn't seem to wake up. It would appear from our report that the mother had gotten up, saw him in the chair and he appeared to be sound asleep. She tried to wake him up, he was unresponsive and she sounded the alarm.
Anna Nicole Smith, 38, was in the Bahamas to give birth to her daughter, whose name--and father--has yet to be divulged. Prime Minister, Perry Christie, confirmed at a news conference Monday that the TrimSpa spokesmodel had been granted permanent residency to the country last week.
E. Pierce Marshall, who feuded for years with former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith over his father's oil fortune, has died, his spokesman said Friday (June 23, 2006). He was 67.
Marshall died unexpectedly earlier this week in the Dallas area from a brief and extremely aggressive infection, the family said in a written statement released through spokesman David Margulies. He declined to provide additional details about Marshall's death on Tuesday.
Her Majesty's Coroner Linda P. Virgill scheduled the inquest for the week of Oct. 23, saying it "is the right course of action." If jurors at the inquest decide a crime took place, the case would be sent to the attorney general's office, authorities said.
"The devastation and grief over Daniel's sudden death coupled with the sedation has been so extreme that Anna Nicole experienced memory loss of the event," attorney Michael Scott said.
Police also revealed that a third person was in the hospital room at the time of the death.
But Scott said that the third person was another one of Anna Nicole Smith's attorneys, Howard K. Stern.
Authorities said they believe they know what killed Smith but were waiting for a toxicology report to confirm the findings.
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
Nice bedside manner, doc. Very callous. I could care less that this young man is Anna Nicole's son, but the circumstances of the death are suspicious and there may be foul play involved. A conspiracy to commit murder even.
I care because I care about the sanctity of human life. Isn't that part of what the Hippocratic Oath is about, or was it the Hypocritic Oath you took?
The family's pathologist will arrive from the United States on Saturday and will perform the autopsy on Sunday, Virgill said. She said Smith's family requested it but did not specify which of her relatives did so.
Police who were called to the Nassau hospital did not find anything in Smith's room to suggest a crime had been committed or evidence of drugs, authorities said.
Smith supports the decision to launch an inquest, according to her Bahamian attorney, Michael Scott. "She fully wants this process to take place and she wishes the public to not jump to conclusions and to wait for the conclusion of the proceedings," Scott said Thursday.
How, in the name of all that is holy, does this situation compare to the Schiavo case,