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Howard K. Stern and Two Psychiatrists Charged With Conspiracy in Death of Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith’s lover, Howard K. Stern, charged in ex-Playboy playmate’s fatal overdose

Friday, March 13th 2009, 3:11 PM

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Anna Nicole Smith relaxed on the deck of boat off the Island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

Anna Nicole Smith‘s boyfriend Howard K. Stern and two psychiatrists supplied the former Playboy playmate with excessive amounts of drugs before she died of an accidental overdose two years ago, authorities said Thursday.

The 40-year-old Stern, Sandeep Kapoor, 40, and Khristine Eroshevich, 61, were hit with felony counts of conspiracy, obtaining fraudulent prescriptions and unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown said they “furnished thousands of prescription pills to Ms. Smith, including opiates, benzodiazepines, and other controlled and noncontrolled substances, often for no legitimate medical purpose.

“There is ample evidence that Dr. Eroshevich and Dr. Kapoor violated their ethical obligations as physicians, while Mr. Stern funneled highly addictive drugs to Ms. Smith,” Brown said.

The doctors falsified prescriptions for Smith and were guilty of “obtaining, delivering and administering these prescription drugs,” he said.

Kapoor prescribed methadone, lorazepam and Xanax for Smith in 2006 when she was months pregnant with daughter Dannielynn, according to the complaint.

The prescription was made out to “Michelle Smith,” an alias Smith was known to use.

Stern also asked a Los Angeles pharmacy to ship methadone to the Bahamas in the name “Vicki Marshall,” which was intended for Smith, the complaint states.

Dannielynn was born on Sept. 7 in the Bahamas.

Eroshevich’s lawyer, Adam Braun, acknowledged his client used fictitious names for some of the prescriptions he wrote for Smith, but only for privacy reasons.

“It was not to deceive anyone,” he said.

Attorneys for Stern and Kapoor couldn’t be reached for comment.

Smith was found unresponsive at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Feb. 8, 2007, and subsequently died of what an autopsy ruled was an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. She was 39.

Eleven medications found in her hotel room were prescribed by Eroshevich – eight in Stern’s name, two to someone named Alex Katz and one to Eroshevich herself.

Among them were the sedative chloral hydrate that became increasingly lethal when combined with other prescription drugs in Smith’s system – 4 benzodiazepines: Klonopin (Clonazepam), Ativan (Lorazepam), Serax (Oxazepam), and Valium (Diazepam), the complaint said.

She also had taken Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) and Topamax (Toprimate), an anticonvulsant, which likely contributed to the sedative effect of chloral hydrate and the benzodiazepines.

More than 600 pills – including about 450 muscle relaxants – were missing from the prescriptions that were no more than five weeks old.

None of the drugs was prescribed in Smith’s name.

Six months earlier, Smith’s 20-year-old son, Daniel, collapsed and died in her Bahama hospital room while visiting his mother and newborn sister.

An autopsy found he died of a lethal combination of Zoloft, Lexapro and methadone.

The complaint said Stern hit the two doctors up for drugs the day after Daniel’s death and eventually asked Eroshevich “to bring excessive quantities of controlled substances” to Smith.

Eroshevich continued writing prescriptions intended for Smith all the way through Jan. 26, 2007, two weeks before Smith’s death, the complaint said.

Prosecutors have recommended bail of $20,000 each.

No arraignment date has been set.

lstandora@nydailynews.com

Filed under: "mood stabilizers", antidepressants, patient deaths, Pregnancy, shrinks disciplined, toxicity deaths, Zoloft,

3 Responses

  1. Sandy Hamilton says:

    HKS killed Anna because she was, the very next week, scheduled to testify in the hearing on Daniel’s death. Anna was going to tell the truth of what happened that night — that Stern gave Daniel the drugs that killed him. Anna was being tormented by dreams of Daniel telling her that she must do the right thing and tell the truth about Stern. Stern did not readily want to kill Anna, but he felt he had no choice because she was intent on exposing him as the murderer of her son. And, HKS knew as long as Dannilyn was alive and well, he could use her as the heir to fight for Marshall’s money. The problem was that he had to get Larry Birkhead to stop fighting him and join forces with him (which Larry did). Once he and Larry joined forces that is when he gave the baby to Larry.

    HKS did intentionally kill Daniel as well. Daniel confronted HKS about Anna that very night that HKS killed him. HKS became very aware that Daniel would be a problem for him keeping Anna under his control, therefore he had to have him removed from the picture.

    You have to understand, HKS gave up his career and livelihood to fight for the Marshall’s money — he had everything invested in this feat. He wasn’t going to let Anna nor her son stop him. HKS kept Anna (a known drug addict) drugged throughout the day. He was stealing from her accounts, by first having his parents and sister put the money into thier bank accounts, then eventually placing all the funds in an off shore banks

  2. Amy Philo says:

    This is all news to me, but it doesn’t surprise me that much. Makes a lot of sense. It’s truly awful… kinda reminds me of the way Britney Spears was treated by her manager when he had her drugged and wacky.

  3. unknown says:

    those doctors do belong in jail, those pills cause suicide, its about time the court of law charged those doctors guilty, they have gotten away with this murder and damaged to many people’s lives with these mind-altering drugs. Its to bad she didn’s survive this. And the pyschatrist murdered her with the pills, its a very sad situation.

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