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Inquest Into Death of Anna Nicole's Son

1/16/2007 5:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Anna Nicole Smith: Exclusive DetailsThe Coroner in the Bahamas will conduct a formal inquest into the death of Anna Nicole Smith's son. TMZ has learned one of the witnesses will testify that Howard K. Stern gave Anna's son one of the drugs that killed him.

The inquest will be held on March 26. We're told more than 20 witnesses will be called, including Smith and Stern. A source in the coroner's office says one of the witnesses will testify that Stern allegedly gave Daniel methadone. And we're told that the witness will testify that Stern flushed the remaining methadone down the toilet after Daniel died.

Daniel was found dead in the hospital room in which Anna Nicole had given birth. He had a combination of seven drugs in his system, including multiple anti-depressants and methadone.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the police have interviewed both Anna Nicole Smith and Howard K. Stern in connection with Daniel's death.

The Coroner made a quick decision to hold the inquiry after getting the police file on the case last Friday.

A call to Stern was not immediately returned.

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sally    

First: They are not married according to law and even if they were they cannot pull the spousal testimony BS as Daniel's death occured BEFORE their so called 'ceremony'. NO, I believe they did it (the ceremony) because THEY REALLY DID IT to Daniel and Stern convinced Anna that if they did the ceremony no one could touch them and they couldn't implicate each other!! Probably easy to convince Anna of just about anything, especially when she is vulnerably under the influence of guilt, grief, drugs, self preservation and stupidity.
Consider: Stern gives Daniel Anna's drugs for whatever reason (he cannot sleep, anxious, nervous, has a cold.....whatever) Daniel dies. Stern and Anna are both guilty (even if his death was an accident). Maybe it was only Stern's idea to give him the drugs, but they were prescribed to Anna, maybe they were in collusion...who knows but it is reasonable to believe they gave him the drugs. Anna was probably so high/low or just stupid that she's on another planet. Anyway, Daniel's dead so Anna and Stern have to collude to stay out of the can. Stern has his hands full trying to keep her sane but still drug her up to shut her up. He's desperate to disappear, thus buying the boat. They cannot stay in the Bahama house, they can't come stateside, so they will sail away into the sunset. RUT ROW, Stern's not holdin her hand and bang her guilt and her addiction take over and she goes toes up. Now we just wait and see.............. I do not mean to sound so crass, but the more I see of her life it was such a disaster and SHE DID HAVE the ability to make it a better life, for herself and her son. Not a good mother by normal and decent standards. Her claim to fame is sleazy tabloid glitter. My interest lies in the mystery of Daniel's death and now Anna's. I cannot stand an unsolved mystery, myself being a retired COP!

2746 days ago
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Sad    

Well, even FOX NEWS is trashing ET's interviews with Howard & Anna! And Stern Pressures Larry TODAY to sign a deal!!

Howard K. Stern Plays Hardball With Larry Birkhead
Friday, March 02, 2007

By Roger Friedman

AP

Anna Nicole: Stern Pressures Larry to Sign Deal

Anna Nicole Smith's two baby daddies (I don't know what else to call them) continue to be in a tug-of-war this morning, even as their beloved cash cow is readied for burial.

Overnight, attorney Howard K. Stern — whose hold on the situation is starting to slip — has been strong-arming photographer Larry Birkhead to do a couple of things: keep Birkhead's legal reps out of Anna Nicole Smith's Bahamas funeral, sign a contract deal with "Entertainment Tonight" and acquiesce even further regarding the future of baby Danniellynn.

Stern, as I told you the other day, has already had one secret meeting with Birkhead in which he cut out the photographer's lawyers.

I'm told that Stern has kept up the pressure on Birkhead, actually presenting him with contracts, sources say, in which Birkhead would join Stern for more exclusive interviews on "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider."

"Howard wanted Larry to sign so that it looked like everyone was in agreement, and that it wasn't just Howard benefiting from these deals," my source said. "Larry said the baby's guardian should sign the papers for him and the baby, but he wouldn't. So then Larry wouldn't."

At the same time, Stern is trying to negotiate separately with Birkhead, away from his attorneys, to sign a deal by which Stern would continue to be in baby Danniellyn's life and oversee her finances.

Stern, my sources say, is working as quickly as he can to effect these agreements before he has to turn over the baby to Birkhead, her biological father.

Sources say that Birkhead's representatives are considering taking legal action against Stern's side to prevent further communication between the two sides as soon as today.

The problem, sources also say, is that Birkhead — a novice in these games — continues to be intimidated by Stern.

"Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," both owned by CBS Paramount Television, have denied paying for interviews. But I'm told their method – it's semantics — is to "license" footage either directly from Stern or through a third party.

Recently, "ET" used Solana Productions of Southern California in such a deal. Neither Solana or anyone from CBS Paramount answered calls yesterday.

Anna Nicole: Dead, and For Sale

Today, Anna Nicole Smith — a ridiculous person who accomplished just about nothing in her life — will be buried in the Bahamas.

There are several wars taking place all over the world, not to mention famines; artists are hard at work, movies are opening, buildings are going up, diseases are being investigated. But hey: Anna Nicole is being buried, and "Entertainment Tonight" will be there for every cheesy second of it.

That's because "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," two half-hour shows syndicated by CBS's Paramount TV, have paid a high price for this honor.

Real insiders (not the kind you have to pay for info) tell me that Paramount TV cut the deal with Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole's lawyer and Svengali, right after her son Daniel died of a methadone overdose in her Bahamian hospital room last September.

Paramount TV has denied this, somewhat passively, so far. But my sources say it they paid Stern around $3 million initially, and that this was renegotiated right after Anna Nicole herself died on February 8th of this year.

Of course, we could believe that Stern — who in court told clueless Florida probate judge Larry Seidlin that he was living off his parents — just loves "ET." Anything's possible.

But the reality is that Anna Nicole's death has proven to be a ratings-sweep godsend.

Linda Bell Blue, the show's executive producer, previously helmed Paramount's ugly tabloid show, "Hard Copy." For years she's had to sit through Mary Hart's tedious, publicist-arranged interviews with low-level TV stars, just waiting for this moment: a huge celebrity death, in a sweeps month, and already contracted for!

As recently as last night, "ET" correspondent Mark Steines was reporting "from inside" Anna Nicole's Bahamas mansion — no mention of the fact that it didn't belong to her, and that the landlord is kicking everyone out.

Steines had "the inside scoop" about the B-list country singer who would serenade Anna Nicole into the next life, the color of her burial gown ("pink!") and what would be inside the coffin (with any luck, Anna Nicole).

Steines performs these interviews — as he has since last Nov. 1, when he had his first "exclusive" after Smith's son, Daniel, d

2741 days ago
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Sad    

Justice is coming for Daniel ... FINALLY!!!!!

2786 days ago
4.

LSU    

FINALLY!

2786 days ago
5.

Kat    

Well, now we all know why Howard K. Stern "committed" to Anna Nicole Smith. Isn't there some law about a husband and wife not being able to testify against each other?

2786 days ago
6.

igglefan    

He's in some hot water now!

2786 days ago
7.

blah blah blah    

Oh my Goodness.............There is a GOD!!!
(Just figure of speech, please no hatred comments)

It is about freaking time this has taken place. What the heck took it so long in the first place I ask?
Was somebody hiding something?
Or does the legal system is the Bahama's not work accordingly just because ANS fits the "so called" celebrity profile?

Hey Patty, and wise old owl....................................
what do you think?
I bet ANS is far from saying:

How do you like me now or.......................
Do you like my bo-deeeeeeeeeeeeee

All I can say is YIPPEEEEEEE

2786 days ago
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Afiya    

Well it's about freakin' time... DAMN!!...how long have folks been talking about the drugs that were given to Daniel...

Howard really looks creepy to me....and Anna is a NitWit like BritNit!!

2786 days ago
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bunny    

Kat yup there is law that husband and wife cant testify against each other. But, if prosecutor offer sometype of deal then they can testifty against each other. i think both should take lie detector test. in my opinion..
finally Daniel will get justice!!!!!

2786 days ago
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Mad Balls    

What a cold b*tch she is .She may have some of you fooled but the Tattoo is a giveaway . Her deads sons' picture is on her back shoulder --get it ? Carrying the weight ? Not near her heart ? She only see's him when she looks back into the mirror ? If most of you guys took some schooling I wouldn't have to explain all this ! I'll make it simple -- Anna is a sick Drug addict . See ? Dickheads .

2786 days ago
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h8er#1    

About effing time! HKStern has kept ANS so doped up all this time she may not even have a clue herself! They can only hide for so long. I think once the Bahamas govt. figured them out and finally got them evicted they care for Daniel to have justice at last!

2786 days ago
12.

Whatever    

Holy Smokes! That HKS is one evil man! He must have Anna so hooked on pills that she married him to help save his rear end. Sick.

2786 days ago
13.

Sweet    

He has Anna Nicole all doped up too.

2786 days ago
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Allred Tree    

HALLELUIAH! Now, let's hope and pray that Justice for Daniel will finally be done.

2786 days ago
15.

Me    

She isn't married to him. He isn't married to her. They had this "commitment ceremony", in my opinion akin to when you get a promise ring or a pre-pre-pre-engagement ring, or when someone lives with someone and calls him "my fiance" but they don't have a date and a ring and they've been shacking up for 3 years already.

They're not married. They're only "fake married." As long as there are no marriage vows, they're not husband and wife. If they're not husband and wife, unless the Bahamas law has something local about "commitment partners named Anna Nicole Dimwit and Howard K I Killed Him can't testify," they'll have to testify.

2786 days ago
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