Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Anna Nicole Smith's breast operations may have led to her death. The former Playmate Playboy, who was said to be "very weak and tired" following breast enhancement and repair procedures, was reportedly taking at least ten different kinds of pills to ease the post-surgery pain. It has been suggested the 39-year-old died last week after taking a cocktail of anti-depressants, Valium, painkillers and antibiotics.
Some medical experts claim she had the operations too soon after giving birth to her five-month-old daughter Dannielynn.Women's health specialist Dr Sarah Jarvis told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "To take so many different drugs is unhealthy. Some anti-depressants can cause heart problems after surgery. Valium can cause respiratory problems. "If an unfit person has surgery and takes drugs, it's possible they would have complications." Anna Nicole was found dying in her room at Hollywood's Seminole Hard Rock and Casino Hotel on Thursday. No large amounts of medication were found in her stomach, but it could take up to five weeks to determine if drugs aided her death.
America's Star magazine has reported prescription medication found in Anna Nicole's hotel room included antidepressant Xanax, pain relievers Vicodin and Methadone and the stimulant Provigil. Shortly before her death, she was reportedly complaining of nausea, headaches and flu-like symptoms. Photographs allegedly revealing the inside of Anna Nicole's fridge were released by celebrity gossip website TMZ.com yesterday. The contents apparently include methadone, hypodermic phials and slimming drinks. However, it has been claimed the photographs were staged. Pictures of Anna Nicole lying fully clothed in bed and embracing Bahamian Immigration Minister Shane Gibson have also emerged.
Anna Nicole fled to the Bahamas last year and was granted residency status, before giving birth. It was claimed Gibson fast tracked Anna Nicole's residency, meaning Dannielynn was a Bahamian citizen and could escape the paternity battle in the US. Photographer Larry Birkhead filed a lawsuit claiming he fathered Dannielynn during a two-year affair. However, Howard K Stern - Anna Nicole's lawyer and lover - is named as Dannielynn's father on her birth certificate.
The paternity battle was thrown into further controversy when Anna Nicole's sister, Donna Hogan, claimed her sibling's dead husband, billionaire J.Howard Marshall could be the father. Hogan says Anna Nicole froze the 89-year-old's sperm and may have used it to get pregnant. Whoever is ruled to be Dannielynn's father will take control of Anna Nicole' s estate and the £240 million she could inherit from Marshall.
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