Anna Nicole Smith Autopsy Results: No Determination

Live Medical Examiner Press Conference

She was virtually dead on arrival at the hospital.

Excluded any physical injury such as blunt injury or asphyxia.

No determination of the cause of death. More tests are needed. But, there was no finding of prescription drugs in her stomach. Chemical tests are needed. No conclusion. Three possibilities: medical problems, medication related; combination.

Police Chief says there is no evidence of a crime. No illegal drugs found, only prescripton medicine. Everyone has cooperated fully.

Original Post: 2/8/06
R.I.P. Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith is dead at 39. May she rest in peace. She had such a troubled life.

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    Like a candle in the wind (none / 0) (#1)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 08:37:16 PM EST
    And it seems to me you lived your life
    Like a candle in the wind
    Never knowing who to cling to
    When the rain set in


    perfect (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 08:38:41 PM EST
    thanks, that so captures her.

    The really rich, really old guy.... (none / 0) (#9)
    by Deconstructionist on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 07:11:48 AM EST
     actually seemed to be a pretty shrewd choice for clinging.

    The Tragedy Behind Her Battle With Pierce Marshall (none / 0) (#3)
    by Daniel DiRito on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 09:15:56 PM EST
    To read about the tragedy surrounding Anna Nicole and her long-time adversary, E. Pierce Marshall...link here:


    Life as a Pop culture icon (none / 0) (#4)
    by wrisky on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 09:16:51 PM EST
      Expect more than a couple movies to deal with this one's life and times. Blond, big chested and beautiful with a rich man's money, ANS had what it took to go on the pop culture equivalent of an old time Nantucket sleigh ride. It wasn't always fun, I'm sure , but it had to be exciting. In the end she showed us that a celebrity's life isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

    Video (none / 0) (#5)
    by Aaron on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 09:24:06 PM EST
    Why is This News? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Sailor on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 10:00:39 PM EST
    To quote Jeralyn:Why is This News?

    Because (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 12:41:27 AM EST
    She was a true underdog who took on the legal system in a case that made it to the Supreme Court --  and a cultural icon -- and a beautiful woman who suffered a lot of loss.  She's been news her entire adult life and she'll be news in death.  

    sorry jeralyn (none / 0) (#8)
    by cpinva on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 12:55:11 AM EST
    that bird don't fly. in your own position, aside from an esoteric SC case, ms. smith had no real impact on our lives. the astronauts do. i'm sort of surprised at your inability to see the difference.

    While we mourn Anna Nicole, let us also (none / 0) (#10)
    by scribe on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 03:07:40 PM EST
    mourn another young woman who died recently.

    Here's the E&P article.

    And here's Will Bunch, over at AttyTood.  He says:

    Yes, people die every day, and too many do so before their time. But this woman was special, and the things that she did made an impact on all of us.
    Oh, there were many things that this woman, so deserving of our undivided attention tonight, did not do. No, she didn't take off her clothes for a men's magazine for a big payday, work as "an exotic dancer" or marry a billionaire customer who was 63 years older than her. Nor did she spend most of her adult life pursuing that billionaire's estate in courtrooms from Texas to Washington, D.C., or record her life for a reality TV show, or abuse drugs, or give birth to a child whose paternity is the focus of a legal battle.

    No, unlike some women you might see on your newsstand this week, this woman liked simple things: According to one report, she "always enjoyed the water, including boating and scuba diving. She also liked yoga and music and spending time with family and friends."
    This is what her aunt says about this unique woman that America mourns tonight:

    "If you knew her, you loved her. She was a go-getter. She knew what she wanted in life and she was doing what she had to do to achieve that."

    Her name is Jennifer M. Parcell. She was just 20 years old, and she graduated in 2004 from Fallston High School in near her hometown, Bel Air, Md.

    A couple of years ago, Jennifer Parcell went to Parris Island and watched the Marine graduation services for her older brother, Joseph. She decided that she, too, wanted to join the Marines, and eventually both Jennifer Parcell and her brother were sent to Iraq, even serving at the same post for a time.

    But then, they separated. Yesterday, Jennifer Parcell was supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province when she was killed in action. If we had more information about her death, we would provide it. But here at Attytood, we don't have the millions of dollars in resources or the extra manpower that they have at CNN, or MSNBC, or Fox News.

    We wish we did, because then we could give the life and death of Jennifer Parcell the national attention that it truly deserves.

    We could call in our medical expert, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, to talk about the type of combat injuries that America's fighting men and women are suffering in Iraq, and whether the troops have adequate protection. Then we would dial up our legal affairs correspondent, Jeffrey Toobin, and discuss whether or not Congress has the legal authority to defy the White House and bring at least some of our soldiers home. We'd send all our spare reporters out into the field, maybe to track down the last person who saw Jennifer Parcell alive, or find that friend who could tell us about her life, and our loss. We would make sure that our news coverage gave you a name and a face to go with that number, 3,115.

    You may think that we're crazy here, to devote all our attention to the story of just one woman. But at CNN, anchor T.J. Holmes defended this type of saturation coverage just this afternoon. Here's what he said:

    "With everything that's going on...that's the reason we've covering it, because it sort of supersedes entertainment. There are a couple of lawsuits at stake here, and it's just been a very tumultuous time for her."

    Agreed. This is a very tumultuous time, not just for the families of brave Americans like Jennifer Parcell, but for all of us. We leave you with a picture of her that was taken last September on Iwo Jima. She was very beautiful, and very, very young....

    It is right to mourn Anna Nicole - her life was quite something and deserving of respect in many ways.  She now has left a daughter who will grow up both never knowing her mother and the center of a legal battle, under the care of a guardian or father who may or may not care more for whatever money she can generate than for her.  Anna Nicole was, and her estate will be, a bountiful source of employment for lawyers, flacks, and hangers-on of all sorts.  These are things Marine Jennifer Parcell would never have to have dealt with, had she lived.  As it was, though, she only lived half as long as Anna Nicole.  And there's yet another tragedy.

    Ummm, (none / 0) (#11)
    by Patrick on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 03:15:46 PM EST
    Three possibilities: medical problems, medication related; combination.

    Police Chief says there is no evidence of a crime. No illegal drugs found, only prescripton medicine. Everyone has cooperated fully.

    I think I'll wait til the tox screen is back. until I accept either of those two statements as fact.  I've seen many a drug OD and aspitation of emesis is common.  Stomach contents might not necessarily rule out IV drugs, inhaled drugs or fluids.  

    That's "aspiration of"...well you get it (none / 0) (#12)
    by Patrick on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 03:17:13 PM EST
    virtually ?dead on arrival (none / 0) (#13)
    by DTGG on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 03:34:18 PM EST
    'virtually' dead on arrival  what does that mean . you are doa or you are alive ? virtually dead makes no sense to me....

    It's obvious (none / 0) (#14)
    by Deconstructionist on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 03:37:02 PM EST
     the word was used in its colloquial sense of "nearly" or "all but" isn't it?

    i virtually.. no actually, got my dictionary (none / 0) (#15)
    by DTGG on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 03:37:52 PM EST
    virtually  1.in effect ;practically 2.nearly;almost... i stand corrected.

    The paternity battle just got more interesting (none / 0) (#16)
    by nolo on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 04:07:02 PM EST
    Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband just threw his hat in the ring.  So to speak.

    hey, with $400+ mil at stake (none / 0) (#17)
    by scribe on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 04:45:09 PM EST
    there will be scads of folks showing up for a, um, shot at the dough....

    I'm with Patrick (none / 0) (#18)
    by Che's Lounge on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 04:48:53 PM EST
    39 year olds don't die of natural causes.

    actually, her life was one big (none / 0) (#19)
    by cpinva on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 05:03:02 PM EST
    trainwreck, with a fair amount of the wrecking done by her own hand. aside from her son dying a few months ago, exactly what other "tragedy" had she suffered, beyond that of most of us? her 90 year-old husband dying wasn't a tragedy, it was expected. he was, after all, 90, and not well when she married him. horny, but not well.

    the legal wrangling over hubby's estate? greed, not tragedy. the real tragedy was her total failure to avail herself of the many opportunities she had to get an education. again though, not particularly uncommon.

    patrick and che, teenagers die of natural causes all the time, tragic though it may be. they die from undetected heart abnormalities, and other natural causes. this could well be the case with ms. smith. we'll have to wait for the final autopsy report to know for sure.

    Trainwreck (none / 0) (#20)
    by Patrick on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 05:26:04 PM EST
    Is a pretty good description.  

    teenagers die of natural causes all the time, tragic though it may be

    Why this is adressed to me, I don't have a clue. Of course they do, but I'll eat a donut ;) in public if this one's natural causes.  

    IMO, half a billion dollars is quite motive and there's been one person present at both deaths in that family.....You figure that out.  I'd keep an eye on that little girl.  My bet is that both deaths will be remarkably similar...As if they're not already.  ie, opiates.  I hate coincidences and there are too many in this case for me to lean towards some nefarious cause.  Of course that's a hunch and the lawyers here will tell you about those.    

    coincidence (none / 0) (#21)
    by diogenes on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 08:05:30 PM EST
    Methadone lengthens the QT interval, which can cause ventricullar fibrillation.  Maybe she and her son both had long QT syndrome, and his was set off by methadone, and hers by drugs or even spontaneously.  

    And Maybe (none / 0) (#22)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Feb 10, 2007 at 01:22:06 AM EST
    she died of natural causes. Why do people always think the worst?

    I think the worst (none / 0) (#23)
    by Patrick on Sat Feb 10, 2007 at 01:33:59 PM EST
    Because of too many coincidences.  I'll freely admit I could be wrong, but every fiber of my body says I'm not.  

    A good friend of mine (none / 0) (#25)
    by Edger on Sat Feb 10, 2007 at 02:31:55 PM EST
    lost her husband last year. Massive heart attack while driving home from work.

    He was 42.


    The odds (none / 0) (#24)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Feb 10, 2007 at 01:50:11 PM EST
    are in our favor, though I don't think "favor" is the appropriate term. ANS was no teen. Most cardiac arrythmias are either detected at an earlier age than 40 (congenital defects in conduction and or athletic deaths) or are acquired in later life (atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death are diseases of age). ANS was right in the gap between them. She certainly did not have athletic induced cardiomyopathy.

    If it was cardiac, then I would immediately suspect ephedra. Of course there are the zebras (in medicine, if you hear the sounds of hoofs, it's more likely a horse than a zebra-horses are much more common). She could have developed a viral infection in the heart, but then it would not have been so sudden. Either way, I would posit no cause of death until the tox screen comes out. Considering her celebrity status, the machine might possibly spontaneously combust.

    I don't mean to diss Anna. She just got caught up in a life that she could not control. Maybe this is an object lesson to all the addicts of American Idol. The only thing the adoring masses love more than an idol is to see the idol go down in flames.

    More bread!
    More circus!