Anna Nicole pumped full of drugs: Calif. official

Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:02pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Playboy model and television star Anna Nicole Smith was given massive amounts of prescription drugs illegally by her boyfriend and two doctors for years before her death from an overdose, California's attorney general said on Friday.

Attorney General Jerry Brown called Smith a "known addict" to whom lawyer and boyfriend Howard K. Stern, and doctors Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich, conspired to supply thousands of pills before she died in 2007.

The three were charged late Thursday with conspiracy and prescribing controlled substances to Smith starting in 2004, in a first step in what Brown described as a statewide campaign against doctors who provide illegal prescriptions.

"My hope is that the message will go out that doctors do not have a license to pump innocent and often vulnerable people full of dangerous chemicals," Brown told reporters at a news conference in Los Angeles.

The famously blond and buxom Smith, who was in a legal battle over her late husband's multimillion-dollar estate, died at age 39 in Hollywood, Florida, on February 8, 2007, of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Her death came shortly after the birth of her daughter and the death of her 20-year-old son, who also died of an overdose from prescription drugs and methadone.

Brown, who plans to run for California governor in 2010 after filling that position from 1975 to 1983, said he expects to bring more prosecutions against doctors who illegally provide drugs to patients in order to counter what he described as a widespread social problem.

'DONE KNOWINGLY'

The criminal complaint accompanying the charges describes the drugs provided to Smith as Ambien, hydromorphone, Dilaudid, methadone and Xanax, among others.   Continued...

 
<p>Howard K. Stern is shown in this booking mug released by the Whittier Police Department. Stern, the longtime companion of Anna Nicole Smith, and two psychiatrists were charged on Thursday with conspiring to furnish drugs to the former Playboy playmate in the years before her 2007 death from a prescription medication overdose. REUTERS/Handout</p>