My Dots for Monday, March 26, 2007

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Officials reported today that Anna Nicole was on nine prescription medications, which killed her in an accidental drug overdose. “The cause of death was combined drug intoxication,” said Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua Perper. “She died of natural causes.” Perper ruled out suicide, disease and foul play as causes of death.

The full article includes photographs and video coverage of the autopsy report that was provided by authorities.

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CBS News reports that when John and Elizabeth Edwards learned her breast cancer had returned, but that his presidential campaign would continue, a national discussion arose about the choices involved. If Elizabeth’s cancer is incurable and treatment doesn’t always prolong life, was it the right decision to stay in the race?

The full video of the interview is included.

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Anna Nicole Autopsy: Accidental Drug Overdose

Anna Nicole Smith Autopsy Report

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Authorities reported today that Anna Nicole Smith was on nine prescription medications, which killed her in an accidental drug overdose. “The cause of death was combined drug intoxication,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua Perper. “It looks like she died of natural causes.”

Perper and the police chief of the Seminole Indian tribe ruled out suicide, disease and foul play as causes of death. Perper said that tests showed chloral hydrate was a major factor in the death. Smith was taking a lengthy list of other medications including methadone for pain, he said. Chloral hydrate is a sedative used to treat insomnia and alcohol withdrawal, relieve anxiety and ease post-surgery pain. Perper said Smith had been on several antidepressant and antianxiety drugs prior to her death. He cited the recent death of her son Daniel as cause for depression and a number of legal issues for adding on even more stress to her life.

In the days prior to her death, Smith had taken several antidepressants and antianxiety drugs medications, including methadone, human-growth hormones for longevity, weight loss and immunoglobulin drugs. Friends and her psychiatrist said Smith had suffered from a 105-degree fever two days before her death. He said Smith was on anti-flu medication for a fever caused by a bacterial infection from the drugs she was taking. Perper also listed as “contributory causes” of Smith’s death abscesses on her buttocks caused by the injections and an intestinal inflammation.

Just minutes before, the police chief of the Seminole Indian tribe, Charlie Tiger, announced that Smith died on February 8th of an accidental drug overdose, adding: “We found nothing to indicate any foul play.” In the six weeks since Smith’s died at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tiger said investigators found no illegal drugs suspected tp have been involved in the death. He also said nothing unusual was found on videotape taken at the hotel on the day the former model and Playboy Playmate collapsed and died. And, Tiger said, nothing unusual was found on a computer owned by Smith’s lawyer-companion, Howard K. Stern.

The Medical Examiner’s Office had delayed releasing Smith’s autopsy results because of additional evidence, still not publicly released, about what had left the model unresponsive at the hotel near Hollywood. Perper’s initial examination revealed no serious injuries and no evidence, either in Smith’s stomach or her bloodstream, that she had taken large amounts of prescription medication. Perper said prescription drugs, but no illegal drugs, were found in Smith’s hotel room. He wouldn’t identify them.

The initial examination also found signs of inflammation in Smith’s heart. Perper said it was “something which looks a little bit unusual” but “may be nothing.”

Smith had arrived at the Hard Rock on February 5th and planned to leave four days later aboard a new yacht that her companion Stern was arranging to buy. She was seldom seen outside her room during her stay: She was said to be suffering from a stomach flu before she died.

Because her death was so sudden, and because her 20-year-old son Daniel died under suspicious circumstances five months earlier, there has been speculation about possible criminal activity surrounding the deaths. Perper said he knew of no criminal investigation into Smith’s death. The Seminole Police Department is investigating because the casino is on tribal land.

Smith, 39, grew up in Texas and went from topless dancer to Playboy Playmate of the Year, Guess jeans model and bride of 89-year-old oilman J. Howard Marshall II. She took her fight for Marshall’s estimated $500 million fortune as far as the Supreme Court, and the ongoing battle could make her infant daughter, Dannielynn, very wealthy. Stern and two other men have claimed to be the baby’s father.

Couric Interviews The Edwards on CBS 60 Minutes

Katie Couric Interviews John and Elizabeth Edwards

You know, you really have two choices here.  I mean, either you push forward with the things that you were doing yesterday or you start dying.  That seems to be your only two choices.  If I had given up everything that my life was about – first of all, I’d let cancer win before it needed to.  You know, maybe eventually it will win.  But I’d let it win before I needed to.  And I’d just basically start dying.  I don’t want to do that.  I want to live.  And I want to do the work that I want next year to look like last year and… and the year after that and the year after that.  And the only way to do that is to say I’m going to keep on with my life.”  Elizabeth Edwards

COURIC INTERVIEWS THE EDWARDS 

CBS News reports that when John and Elizabeth Edwards announced this past Thursday that her breast cancer had returned and spread to her bones, and that his presidential campaign would continue, they sparked a national discussion about the choices involved.

At this stage Elizabeth’s cancer is incurable and treatment doesn’t always prolong life. Was it the right decision to stay in the race? Can John Edwards run for president and care for his wife and family, a family that has already suffered the death of a son more than a decade ago? Can John Edwards be president without being distracted by his wife’s illness? Those are some of the questions 60 Minutes correspondent Katie Couric asked the couple this weekend after a campaign event in Las Vegas.

Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, who has been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer, defended his decision to remain in the race. She said she couldn’t live with denying him the chance to be president. “That would be my legacy, wouldn’t it, Katie?” according to a transcript of the interview with Couric.

That I’d taken out this fine man from — from the possibility of — of giving a great service. I mean, I don’t want that to be my legacy,” Edwards said. After working as a lawyer, John Edwards said this was a chance to give public service to “a country that I love — both of us love, as much as we love our lives.”

When Couric asked whether the cancer had spread to any other part of her body, Mrs. Edwards said, “There are a couple of hot spots, on the bone scan, in my right hip, for example.” She did not mention any other areas having been affected.

Sitting with her husband, Mrs. Edwards, 57, said that she had wondered if treating her hip with radiation would cause it to weaken and be more susceptible to breaking. But she said the doctors she had consulted had told her that “it was too small an area for that to be a risk.”

Mrs. Edwards’s health has been a prime topic of discussion for the past few days among Americans debating whether Mr. Edwards, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, should continue to pursue his political ambitions. Some critics have suggested that he might try to exploit her condition to win votes.

Mr. Edwards, 53, challenged such speculation last night.

First of all, there’s not a single person in America that should vote for me because Elizabeth has cancer. Not a one,” he said. “If you’re considering doing it, don’t do it. Do not vote for us because you feel some sympathy or compassion for us. That would be an enormous mistake.”

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