Suicide, Homicide Ruled Out in Death of Anna Nicole Smith's Son

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - More than a week after her son mysteriously died beside her hospital bed, Anna Nicole Smith remained out of sight in the Bahamas on Tuesday as officials said only that his death was not a suicide or homicide.

With toxicology tests pending, the official cause may not be publicly known before a jury inquest starting Oct. 23. The 38-year-old former reality TV star, who gave birth to a baby girl three days before her son's death, is expected to be summoned.

Daniel Smith, 20, died the morning of Sept. 10. By all accounts, he flew into the Bahamas the night before and went directly to the private Nassau Doctors Hospital, where staff saw him tending to his mother and newborn half-sister in the hours before his death.

Two autopsies - one by the Bahamas coroner's office, another by celebrity pathologist Cyril Wecht - have ruled out suicide, foul play and several potential natural causes. Both have sought further tests to detect drugs or chemicals.

Wecht, who was hired to perform a follow-up autopsy by Anna Nicole Smith, said Daniel had been taking a "quite low" dosage of prescription anti-depression medication.

"It is possible we might be dealing with one of those tragic and cumulative and drug-related deaths where somebody inadvertently takes two or three different kinds of drugs, each of which has a central nervous system effect," he said Monday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

Anna Nicole Smith, a former Playboy model who went to the U.S. Supreme Court in a battle over an inheritance, came to the Bahamas during her pregnancy to avoid media scrutiny. She has been staying in seclusion at a guarded waterfront estate.

A funeral home had embalmed the son's remains and was awaiting further instructions from the family Tuesday. Maintaining Smith's privacy in spite of media attention has required "creative" communication with her, home director Loretta Butler-Turner said.

"To lose someone that you love and then to be bombarded during this period is very difficult, I would imagine," she said.

The coroner's office, which called the death "suspicious" because of Smith's young age and the lack of obvious cause.

Investigators say they did not find evidence of drugs or obvious signs of a crime in the hospital room. But police will continue their investigation until "we have exhausted all the angles and information we have," said Reginald Ferguson, assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. "Until then, we plod on."

Daniel Smith, who appeared several times on the E! reality series "The Anna Nicole Show," was the son of Anna Nicole and Bill Smith, who married in 1985 and divorced two years later.

The name of the father of her newborn daughter have not been publicly released.

Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. He died the following year and she has since been involved in legal disputes over the estate.

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