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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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46.

vee    

If HowieStern gets away with this one like somebody else we know (the juice) then we the people need to step up to the plate and start swinging at those money suckers!

2713 days ago
47.

Attention Ho    

YES TMZ...REMOVE THAT PICTURE!!!!!
This is not the time for that...this is not a joke....a mother is dead.
Her daughter doesn't deserve that.
PATHETIC!!!

2713 days ago
48.

Lora    

How is it that we now hear of 2 INJECTION SITES - the buttocks & a leg - and Dr Perper said on TV weeks ago he saw no needle puncture marks on her body at the autopsy???? Especially if there was INFECTION, there would have been evidence of needle marks.....i think somebody's lying or covering up.

2713 days ago
49.

olivias    

sepsis compromised her system, she drank like a fish on Wednesday night (according to the bartender) and she took too much chloral hydrate early Thursday am and drifted off and never woke up...so if she did not administer the chloral hydrate herself is that person liable for her death??"??

2713 days ago
50.

Dana    

Nobody will ever know the truth...
As Howard said at the service, " Only you and I know the truth Anna "
Shame on TMZ for putting the clown picture up.
Anna Nicole was a beatuiful woman.

2713 days ago
51.

S.R.    

Maybe there is a really GOOD reason why Dr. Perper was so insitent on keeping Seidlin updated on the status of the body, about wanting to embalm the body ASAP, get the mourners to view her sooner than later. Maybe... just maybe... everyone who had unprotexted sex with her... maybe.... will need to be tested.....

... incuding DannieLynn.

Kaposi's and Pneumocystis, all those drugs.....

....... wow....

2713 days ago
52.

Give me a break!    

Yes, but your golden boy Larry did NOTHING either.............if he really saw a duffel bag of drugs he would have TOLD SOMEONE to save the baby he thought/thinks is his......NO EXCUSE why he didn't.....Also, he was partying with her just as much, see the photos of Larry, Howard and Kapoor with ANS, all having a blast, Larry didn't look distraught in those photos now does he?

He didn't look upset signing autographs at the funeral, jumping up and down coming out of court, like he is running for American Idol, waving to the crowd and posing for photos every chance he gets............this is serious a woman just died, her son died a few months back, he wrote nasty emails to her just after her son passed, and you guys think he is so innocent and has done nothing wrong............P L E A S E!!!!!!!!!!!

2713 days ago
53.

Yeah, you ARE nuts!    

Why are you blaming TMZ for the clown photo? Howard Stern took it why should it be hidden now? To make HKS look better?

2713 days ago
54.

Indy_anna    

Accidental overdose to save Broward County any more embarassment....you can bet that John O'Quinn will never accept this and go for "wrongful death." He is probably the one that is putting pressure on to obtain Judge Seidlin's e-mail messages. I doubt that O'Quinn will leave a stone unturned.

2713 days ago
55.

nurse    

Just the med list from Dr. Khris was fatal enuf....*accidental overdose* will be the cause of her death. HKS might be investigated but I don't know if they can prove that he was instrumental in giving Anna her meds/drugs (& Daniel's also).

2713 days ago
56.

DirtyRottenGossip.com    

It's a combination of health problems from irresponsible living and drugs.

Case closed.

2713 days ago
57.

Suzanne    

Overdose - homicide

2713 days ago
58.

maxii    

WHO CARES ENOUGH ABOUT THIS BITCH ALREADY THERE ARE SOLDIERS DYING IN IRAQ DONT GET THIS AMOUNT OF PRESS WHO CARES ABOUT THE DRUG ABUSING BITCH

2713 days ago
59.

Let sleeping bodies rest in peace...........    

TMZ - "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."

TMZ where's the picture? Prove it ! Name your source ! probably Ford Shelley?

2713 days ago
60.

angela    

I also think Anna had a lot of good pictures that they could post.
Reality is a hard thing to face and this picture is a reminder
to people that she was clearly under the influence of drugs
and Coward.
The only excuse Coward's attorneys have is that she was
acting for a role. Then why not let the Shelley's know
that the little girl would be a part of Anna acting out
a part.
Is all her drugged taped photos including the MTV
appearance a part of her acting?
Give me a break! excuse after excuse- face the facts
no one gave a damn about this lady including
Trimspa.

2713 days ago
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