NASSAU, Bahamas – Daniel Smith, the son of late TV reality star Anna Nicole Smith died of a cocktail of drugs, a pathologist told an inquest yesterday.
Dr. Govinda Raju, who performed the official autopsy on Daniel Smith, said the 20-year-old was killed by a combination of methadone and the antidepressants Zoloft and Lexapro.
Dr. Raju’s testimony on the third day of an inquest into the official cause of death of Daniel confirms the findings of a private doctor hired by the family last year. Raju said Daniel had five drugs in his system including two that medical personnel used to try to revive him.
Testimony is scheduled to resume today. Nursing assistant Francis Woodside has already testified that she had seen Anna Nicole and her son talking three hours prior to his death. She also revealed that Daniel had been sharing the bed with his mother at the hospital, where she had given birth to his sister, Dannielyn.
Nurse-midwife Janice Knowles and phlebotomist Mavis Davis also testified that they did not notice anything wrong with Daniel hours before his death.
Daniel was found dead on Sept. 10, 2006. Bahamas Police have said there is no evidence of a homicide and an independent autopsy determined the likely cause of death to be a combination of drugs, including methadone and antidepressants.
Anna Nicole died on Feb. 8 in Florida. Both mother and son are buried beside each other in the Bahamas.