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A surprise development in the investigation surrounding the accidental drug overdose death of model/television reality star, Anna Nicole Smith, two years ago. Smith’s long time lawyer and boyfriend Howard K. Stern, and two doctors have been charged with providing thousands of prescription pills to the troubled celebrity.
Stern and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor were booked and released on $20,000 bond each late yesterday. A third person, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, is expected to turn herself into authorities sometime in the next few days. All three are facing several felony counts.
State Attorney General Jerry Brown says the investigation was launched in March of 2007. At a news conference in Downtown Los Angeles today, Brown had some harsh words for the accused: “What we have in this case is a conspiracy among three individuals and Howard K. Stern is the principal enabler and Dr. Eroshevich and Dr. Kapoor are prescribing drugs excessively to a known addict and using false and fictitious names all in violation of the law and all in furtherance of a conspiracy.”
On February 8, 2007, Smith died after being discovered unconscious in a Hollywood, Florida hotel room. A few months before, Smith had given birth to a daughter, Dannielynn. Initially, Stern claimed to be the father of Smith’s daughter, However, DNA tests determined Smith’s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead had fathered her child. Birkhead has custody of Dannielynn.
On March 2, 2007, Smith was buried in the Bahamas in a grave next to her son Danny, who had died of an accidentil drug overdose in September of 2006.