Anna Nicole’s Son, Daniel Smith, Died of Lethal Combination Drug Overdose


According to People Magazine, Daniel Smith, the son of Anna Nicole Smith died of a lethal Anna_nicole_smith2combination of drugs that caused an irregular heartbeat.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress and model Anna Nicole Smith’s son, Daniel Smith, died of a lethal combination of drugs that caused an irregular heart beat, People Magazine reported on its Web site on Wednesday.

The report quoted pathologist Cyril Wecht, who was hired by Smith to look into her son’s September 10 death, as saying Daniel Smith died from a combination of methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro that led to cardiac dysrhythmia.

The official autopsy and toxicology reports are being withheld until an October 23 inquest in the Bahamas. The reported news probably does not surprise many.

Posted September 27, 2006 by
Celebrity, Deceased | 21 comments

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    21 Responses to “Anna Nicole’s Son, Daniel Smith, Died of Lethal Combination Drug Overdose”

    1. nychic on September 27th, 2006 7:43 pm

      quote from People website article:

      “Smith’s longtime lawyer, Howard K. Stern, revealed Tuesday that he is the father of the little girl.”

    2. Kat_Gram on September 27th, 2006 8:18 pm

      You know, I thought it was the other Howard for a long time.
      I really feel for Anna, losing her child for whatever reason.

    3. JusticeforNatalee on September 27th, 2006 10:05 pm

      I hope she finds happiness in her life.

    4. mayan_moons on September 28th, 2006 3:15 am

      Its so nice to see compassion for AnnaNicole….whatever her faults you could tell how much she loved him.

      SM & all of you rock!~

    5. Michelle Says So on September 28th, 2006 9:08 am

      Why would he have methadone in his system? That’s the drug for heroin users. From what I have heard about this kid, he was a decent and smart boy. I don’t understand why he would have methadone in his system???

    6. Miss-Underestimated on September 28th, 2006 9:37 am

      I truly feel bad for Anna, seems that the father battle will start now. The exploitation of Anna Nicole and her baby.

      I am curious anyone in the medical field: why would Daniel be perscribed two antidepressants and methadone?
      I know they use methadone for pain, but who would perscribe that based on the anti-depressants that he was taking? Just curious.

    7. on September 28th, 2006 9:52 am

      Methadone is not a pain reliever. It is used not only for addictions to herion, but for all substance abuse.

      Why Daniel was given all three drugs remains to be seen, but I think we can figure on a law suit.

      I think AnnaNicole is a sad figure and it was heart warming to hear her lawyer say they were in love – though I guess I wonder if that wasn’t “made up” to cover-up who fathered the child. The fact that Anna told someone else they were the father (even early on) speaks volumes to me.

    8. jhawks on September 28th, 2006 10:26 am

      Has anyone given this a thought….

      The methadone was given to Daniel BY Howard K Stern? The second antidepressant could have been Anna’s. Who knows what kind of drugs she’s on!

      After Howard’s interview with Larry King Live I wondered if him and Anna are on the same strange drugs.

      Good Bless Daniel!

    9. Miss-Underestimated on September 28th, 2006 10:28 am

      Scroll down, methadone is used in place of morphine for pain relief.

    10. Miss-Underestimated on September 28th, 2006 10:50 am

      I am not saying why he used methadone, but I am supplying information about other uses of methadone. I will wait on this one, as I have been wrong before.

    11. Ramlady on September 28th, 2006 11:09 am

      I don’t anything about Lexapro, but Zoloft can be very dangerous taken with other prescriptionns. I have never heard of anyone being prescribed two anti-depressants together, much less with methadone.

    12. mayan_moons on September 28th, 2006 12:21 pm

      Theres no reason in the world that boy should’ve been on 2 antidressants at the same time. It will be interesting to find out who prescribed them & if they were given by the same doctor. I’ve only heard of methadone being used to wean people off heroin but as the link above that Miss-U gave us it is done. Yesterday was the first time i ever heard the boy had back pain???

      I must confess when i heard Daniel had died i got a really bad feeling that something was amiss. Here goes…..what a coincidence that just 4 months after the Supreme Court Ruling in favor of Anna, its announced Anna’s going to have a baby & the move out of the US. Anna’s in line to get a ton of money & i got a bad feeling that *maybe* Daniel was gotton rid of so that their would be just one heir to the fortune. Anna loved her son & i’m NOT talking about her & theres no proof her friend Howard K Stern has done anything wrong, but just let me say i wasn’t suprised to hear Howard on Larry King the other night claiming to be the father of Anna’s baby. I’m concerned about Anna thats all.

    13. mayan_moons on September 28th, 2006 12:37 pm

      I agree Miss-U he was acting strange….like he was on something. I bet it was Howard’s idea to move out of the US, he may have used the excuse of leaving the country coz of the baby’s paternity but what if the reason of moving to Nassau was to avoid seasoned detectives here in the US in favour of an island that could be perceived (thanks to Aruba) as inept or one that could be bought off.

    14. Miss-Underestimated on September 28th, 2006 1:03 pm


      When the press said Anna named the baby Hannah, I had a feeling Howard was involved with the baby more that just a friend. I am curious as to if Anna stated to the effect that you caused this, who is you?

      I have felt Anna was exploited from the get go with the show, come on did anyone ever see an attorney latch on like that? Anna didn’t help too much with her antics. I think alot of people had an errie feeling like you did.

      Howard was on Larry King and I thought his eyes were like saucers, he was acting strange, when I say strange, not in a greiving way.

    15. Sharon Chicago on September 28th, 2006 1:19 pm

      I always thought of Howard as being very seedy…sure educated attorney…but he and Nicole’s life styles
      were in the fast lane/porno.

      I do feel sorry for her loss. Daniel probably had many
      emotional problems being raised in the invironment he
      was raised in.

      God bless Anna…I pray that her life takes a turn for the better…

    16. KELMAL on September 28th, 2006 6:06 pm

      moons, Do you still think we should LEGALIZE drugs ??????

    17. chloe on September 29th, 2006 9:05 am

      I thought Howard looked like he was very definately grieving, although I suppose grief looks different to different people. I really think the drug overdose was accidential. He had a presciption for all 3 drugs and it seems that he took them simultaneously. Sometimes even a small amount of drugs can kill you in the wrong combination. Anti-depressants react badly with MANY drugs. I think doctors give them too freely and probably without giving patients enough information about side effects and drug interactions. Some people do the research, but my guess is that a lot of young people think they are invincible and probably don’t know a lot about the drugs they take.

    18. da wench on September 29th, 2006 1:07 pm

      “At some point” came pretty quick, didn’t it. I’m happy for Anna and her new husband.

    19. anzypantz on October 2nd, 2006 10:35 pm

      FYI-I have been on 2 prescribed anti-depressents for more than 2 years now. it is perfectly normal for people who do not respond to only one medication (especially after changing it many times). I have combo-ed prozac and wellbutrin, amoungst others, and am now on prozac and lithium. This combo seems to work best for me. i also take straterra for ADHD at the same time. My point is, being on multiple meds is a way of pharmocological therapy that often works well. Obviously, in this case it did not.

    20. Patti on October 13th, 2006 2:00 am

      Lexapro is an anti-convulsive drug that is used as a mood stabalizer in the treatment of bi-polar disorders, while zoloft is an anti-depressant, one that few are prescribed. It very well could be that Daniel was prescribed both of these medications together; but I highly doubt that he would be prescribed methadone unless he had been going to Dr. Good.

      Methadone is a drug used in replacement therapy for heroin addicts. However, after numerous studies relating to the drug, it was found that Methadone can be as addictive as heroin with more side-effects; it is rarely used by doctors as there are more modern drugs that do not have the side effects, are less addictive and alleve the pain sufferred during withdrawal.

      The last time I heard, I believe it was in the early ’70′s,
      there were methadone programs that were offerred as free therapy (mostly because it was cheap) and made available to the inner-city youth addicted to heroin in the larger cities of our nation…. ie. Denver, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and the like. However, the last of these programs were dumped during the Reagan years.

      Those programs were considered a band-aid for the problems that were generating around drug addicts that were robbing and stealing for their next fix. It was, simply put, just another way for many addicts to get high; without the stress that comes from having an expensive habit to support. The therapy rarely worked as most addicts did not seek the therapy that was provided in conjunction with the drug.

      Upon the deaths of many of those that were soon addicted to the very drug that was to help them, the drug was all but taken off the market. Methadone is known to cause cardiac arrest as well as lingering heart problems, such as murmers. The drug basically causes your heart to stop momentarily, and upon restarting, it has an irregularity in its rythme.

      Certainly, if a really dumb Doctor were out there handing out prescriptions for Methadone and the drug became abused by those individuals, you would have every right to sue that Doctor. That’s how addictive and deadly this drug can be.

      With the wealth of the parties, there is a very good chance that they had a Doctor who would do just that… but it would take one without a conscience.

      That’s all I know. I feel bad what happened to Daniel but don’t really know enough about it to comment.

    21. Wendy on October 24th, 2006 1:03 pm

      Very sad that she has lost her son, especially during such a happy time of welcoming her new baby girl, DannieLynn.

      Very sad too that people jump to conclusions without knowing all facts. If you look into it, Methadone is not only used as a heroin substitute for heroin addicts. Some Psychiatrists are prescribing it for certain types of depression.

      RIP Daniel & Welcome to the World DannieLynn!

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