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Anna Nicole Smith's mom says drugs could have caused death


By Christopher Rocchio, 02/09/2007 

With autopsy results still pending, Anna Nicole Smith's mother Virginia Arthur said drugs may have played a role in her 39-year-old daughter's sudden death on Thursday afternoon.

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"I think she had too many drugs," Arthur said on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, People reported.  "I tried to warn her about drugs and the people she hung around with.  She didn't listen.  She was too drugged up.  She was too wasted."

Arthur also told Good Morning America that she believes drugs claimed the life of Daniel -- Smith's 20-year-old son who died in September while visiting his mother in the hospital after she had just given birth to his half-sister, Dannielynn Hope.  While Daniel's death is still under investigation in the Bahamas, which is where it occurred, a private coroner hired by Smith said her son died as the result of "a lethal combination of medications" including methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro.

New York City CBS affiliate WCBS-TV is reporting that sources have told the station that investigators "found illegal narcotics as well as prescription medications" in the South Florida hotel room where Smith was staying.  In addition, WCBS-TV claims sources also told them that investigators "removed eight bags of evidence from her hotel room."  An autopsy was conducted Friday at the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office and a toxicology report will determine if the drugs played a role in her death, WCBS-TV reported

Arthur was only 16-years-old when Smith was born Vicki Lynn Hogan in Houston, TX in 1967.  Arthur said she recently tried to get into her daughter's "inner circle" to help Smith, but was "thwarted."

"The people she was around wouldn't let, you know, let us get close to her or talk to her," Arthur told Good Morning America.

While Arthur added that Smith "had come so far" and "made a big name for herself," she said her daughter's claim that she came from a "dirt-poor background" was exaggerated.  "Well, she didn't come from a small town, as she said she did," Arthur told Good Morning America.  "I asked her, 'You were born in Houston, middle-class family.  Why do you tell that story?'"  According to Arthur, Smith replied that her "rags to riches" story would get her more media attention.

"'If my name is out there in the news, good or bad, it doesn't matter... good or bad, I make money so I'm going to do whatever it takes,'" Arthur said her daughter told her.  "And she did.  She was very savvy."

Arthur, a 28-year veteran of Texas law enforcement, described her daughter as "wild and free" and told Good Morning America she has "a lot of memories" of Smith -- but never said if those memories were good or bad. 

Last October, Arthur told Britain's Sun newspaper that Daniel "didn't take an overdose.  It was murder.  The levels of drugs in his body are way too high.  Someone has to pay." 

That same month, she told CNN's Nancy Grace she was "suspicious" of Howard K. Stern, Smith's eventual husband who claims to be the father of Dannielynn.  "I know that Daniel had a trust fund," Arthur told Grace. "If Howard marries [Smith] and Daniel's gone, that leaves Howard and the baby to inherit whatever money she has. ... If Howard Stern marries her and she ends up dead, then who does the money go [to]?"

Unfortunately for Arthur, that is the scenario that is currently playing out, as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert A. Schnider  will decide whether a court-ordered DNA sample can still be taken from Smith's body to help determine Dannielynn's paternity.  Arthur also ended her October interview with Grace very cryptically when asked what she would say to Smith if she could.

"Vicki Lynn, you know I love you, always have," she told Grace.  "And be very careful about who you hang around with, because you may be next."



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