The mystery surrounding the death of Anna Nicole Smith's son heightened yesterday as Bahamian authorities called it "suspicious" and confirmed a third person was in the room when the 20-year-old was found dead.
According to The Tribune, a Bahamian newspaper, that other hospital patients overheard Anna Nicole Smith "screaming loudly and blaming someone" for her son's collapse about 9 a.m. - 38 minutes before hospital officials say a nurse was called to the room and attempts were made to revive Daniel. The ex-reality show star was heard screaming, "You caused this!" to the third person who was present in the room.
Police and the coroner refused to identify the third person in the former Playboy model's room, but they said it was not a member of the hospital's staff.
The person was "a male" described as a "boyfriend" of Anna Nicole Smith's, but it was not her ex-flame Larry Birkhead, who says he is the father of her baby.
But Michael Scott, an attorney for Anna Nicole Smith, said the third person in the hospital room was Howard K. Stern, another Smith lawyer. Scott said both Stern and Anna Nicole tried desperately to revive Daniel, even after doctors had pronounced him dead. The bereaved mother was so distraught that she had to be sedated, Scott said. "The devastation and grief over Daniel's sudden death coupled with the sedation has been so extreme that Anna Nicole experienced memory loss of the event," he said. Stern could not be reached for comment.
A possible overdose was suspected in Daniel Smith's death, sources said. But no illegal drugs or paraphernalia were found on his body or at the scene, according to Reginald Ferguson, assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamian Police Force.
The body had no apparent physical injuries, and an autopsy ruled out heart attack and other natural causes of death, Virgill said.
Toxicology reports, which would show any levels of drugs, alcohol or toxins in the body, will not be released until the inquest, which is set to begin Oct. 23, Virgill said. During the inquest, witnesses - including Anna Nicole Smith - will testify in court under oath before a jury. If the jury finds that a crime took place, the case will be referred to the attorney general for possible prosecution, authorities said.