IT WAS AN OVERDOSE
ME rules Anna Nicole's death accidental, citing nine drugs in her system
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2007 1:44 PM CDT
Anna Nicole Smith attends G-Phoria -- The Award Show 4 Gamers at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, on July 31, 2004.    (KRT Photos)

(Newser) – Anna Nicole overdosed on prescription painkillers and sleeping meds, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Smith reported today, calling the death accidental. There were nine different drugs in her system at the time of her death, including three antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs—methadone, Lexapro and Zoloft.

Investigators used everything from autopsy records to a radiation counter to rule out foul play. Still, any conclusion is, in the end, a judgment call. "It's one of those things, 'Who knows?'" says Wendy Klein-Schwartz, a medical examiner.