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It's Dr. Perper Time

3/25/2007 7:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Anna Nicole SmithDr. Joshua Perper will reveal the cause of Anna Nicole Smith's death on Monday. With reports swirling that an infection contributed to her death, TMZ has learned about a photograph of an earlier infection that could explain a lot.

The photo that is making the rounds shows Anna, eight months pregnant, with an infection on her leg. Sources tell TMZ that it was caused by an injection.

The National Enquirer and Star magazine are reporting that Anna had a "raging blood infection" which was caused by an unsterilized needle, and that it "contributed to her death." The magazines say, however, that the direct cause of death was an overdose of sleeping medication.

TMZ first reported that during his investigation, Dr. Perper asked people who knew Anna about self-injections of Demerol and whether she sterilized the skin area first with alcohol.

Dr. Perper will announce his finding at 10:30 AM ET. TMZ will cover it as it happens.

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Chaos    

F I N A L L Y!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got 50 bucks on an overdose!

2713 days ago
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b.brigham    

i hope all of this is over soon and we will put the people involved that did harm to anna or daniel behind bars.......god please watch over the baby

2713 days ago
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Let sleeping bodies rest in peace...........    

An infection and chloride hydrate. Accidental.

2713 days ago
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Just leave Larry alone and let him do what he thinks is best    

Yes, a forced overdose. More investigating has to be done. I hope Vergie and other sho loved Anna keep digging and I hope there are a lot of investigators out there going over everything they can find.

2713 days ago
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pj    

Murder one - Premidated

2713 days ago
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get it right    

Infection, accompanied by an overdose. My guess.

2713 days ago
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Just leave Larry alone and let him do what he thinks is best    

A overdose yes, But who was responsible for the overdose?? Investigate, investigate.

2713 days ago
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pj    

make that "Premeditative" (where's spellcheck when you need it?)

2713 days ago
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DeeLee    

Poor thing was outta her gourd and probably didn't know what was going on...

2713 days ago
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Put UP or Shut UP    

Well we ALL KNOW The Enquirer and Star mag are so trustworthy! NOT! TMZ .. I don't get you plastering this picture of Anna on your page either! The woman is dead .. have some respect! As for the cause of her death, we will ALL find out tomorrow!

2713 days ago
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Let sleeping bodies rest in peace...........    

An overdose ruled accidental.

2713 days ago
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chickie61    

Murder by HKillerS...but probably not able to prove it

2713 days ago
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Chaos    

I agree! 50 bucks on the overdose, 100 bucks overdose from one of her so called loved ones that care so much about her. The BLOOD SUCKERS!

Rest n peace with your sweet son Anna.

2713 days ago
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Just leave Larry alone and let him do what he thinks is best    

Where is the picture of the infection in her leg?? Why wasn't it treated in the hospital when she had the baby??. Why did they make Anna go home from the hospital after Daniel died?? Or was it Howard's choice that she go home because he didn't want her talking. He said they gave her a sedative after Daniel's death and she didn't remember anything. Quite convenient.

2713 days ago
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pj    

It seems pretty clear what the CAUSE of death was. It's the MANNER of death that has yet to be announced.

2713 days ago
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