The legal battle surrounding Anna Nicole Smith‘s death continued on Tuesday when a judge in Los Angeles listened to testimony to determine whether the three defendants facing charges related to her passing will stand trial. Danny Santiago, a special agent with the Department of Justice, revealed that he was told Smith took her fatal cocktail of drugs for back pain and brain seizures.
Psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich, internist Sandeep Kapoor and attorney Howard K. Stern are accused of conspiring to illegally provide Smith with the drugs that led to her fatal overdose at 39 in a Florida hotel room in February of 2007.
Santiago, who had earlier testified that eleven prescription bottles were found in Smith’s hotel room the day she died, confirmed that Stern told him Smith was taking the mix of drugs because she suffered from back pain caused by her breast implants.
According to a March 2007 coroner’s report, Smith died of “acute combined drug intoxication” of chloral hydrate, clonazepam (also known as klonopin) and other controlled substances.
Stern also told Santiago that Smith was taking clonazepam for brain seizures she apparently suffered from. Santiago also confirmed that an orange cup on Smith’s nightstand tested positive for chloral hydrate.
Lisa Arondondo, a worker at the hotel, told Santiago that Smith always seemed to be in control and that her perceived ditzy persona was simply an act.