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The late Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend and two doctors have been charged with illegally providing the ex-Playboy model with addictive prescription drugs, two years after she died of an overdose.

California's attorney general on Thursday said that Smith's boyfriend and attorney Howard K. Stern For the American radio and TV personality, see .

Howard Kevin Stern[1] (born November 29 1968) is the former attorney and partner of the late Anna Nicole Smith. Early life and legal background
Stern was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
 and the two doctors -- Khristine Eroshevich, and Sandeep Kapoor -- conspired to "repeatedly and excessively" provide Smith with drugs.

Smith, 39, was found dead in February 2007 in a Florida hotel room. Her death was ruled an accidental drug overdose Drug Overdose Definition

A drug overdose is the accidental or intentional use of a drug or medicine in an amount that is higher than is normally used.
.

"These individuals repeatedly and excessively furnished thousands of prescription pills to Anna Nicole Smith, often for no legitimate medical purpose," Brown said in a statement.

"There is ample evidence that ... Eroshevich and Doctor Kapoor violated their ethical obligations as physicians, while Mr. Stern funneled highly addictive drugs to Ms. Smith," Brown said.

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 three suspects "furnished thousands of prescription pills to Ms. Smith, including opiates Opiates
Analgesic, pain killing drugs, such as heroin and morphine that depress the central nervous system.

Mentioned in: Withdrawal Syndromes
, benzodiazapines, and other controlled and non-controlled substances," read Brown's statement.

The doctors "falsified prescriptions and prescribed unwarranted amounts and combinations of highly addictive medications," while Stern "served as a vital link in obtaining, delivering, and administering these prescription drugs" to Smith.

An autopsy found that Smith's death -- a worldwide media sensation at the time -- was due to a lethal cocktail of anti-anxiety medication, methadone methadone (mĕth`ədōn', –dŏn'), synthetic narcotic similar in effect to morphine. Synthesized in Germany, it came into clinical use after World War II. It is sometimes used as an analgesic and to suppress the cough reflex. , antibiotics and other prescription drugs.

It came just months after her son 20 year-old Daniel died from an overdose in the Bahamas in September 2006.

Born Vickie Lynn Marshall, Smith in 1994 married Texas billionaire oil tycoon Howard Marshall, who she met earlier while working at a strip club. She was 26 at the time and he was 89.

Marshall died in 1995 after a 14 month-long marriage. However Marshall's adult son E. Pierce Marshall Everett Pierce Marshall (January 12 1939 – June 20 2006) was an American businessman and a son of J. Howard Marshall II.

According to a Dallas Morning News
 contested Smith's claim to the billionaire's inheritence in a case that reached the US Supreme Court.

The wealth is still tied up in litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.

When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation.
, even though both Pierce Marshall and Smith have died.

The person who stands to gain once the case is resolved is Smith's young daughter Dannielynn, born in September 2007. The father is celebrity photographer Larry Birkhead Larry E. Birkhead (born 22 January 1973)[1] was a romantic partner of the late Anna Nicole Smith and the father of her daughter, Dannielynn. He was in a custody battle for his daughter until DNA results proved his paternity.

Birkhead, son of Larry L.
, 35.
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