Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith. Two figures of entertainment who couldn’t be more different. Yet, in death, they share some eerie commonalities: both demises are possibly attributed to would-be prescription drug enablers; both of their offspring are unsure who their legal guardians should be; and, both are mired in morass-like estate battles that would make any probate lawyer’s head spin.
To expound a bit on the drugs, MJ’s situation is a doozy. With the intention of establishing the most complete medical history possible including pre-existing conditions, previous medical procedures and his drug-use history, Los Angeles County, Coroner’s Office subpoenaed a dozen of MJ’s doctors who administered services since the early 1990s. A toxicology report is forthcoming, but that may be only a clue into what led to his death. By comparison, a Florida medical examiner’s office took six weeks to investigate the cause of Anna Nicole’s death.
Additionally, investigators from the DEA, three state agencies and the L.A. County District Attorney’s office pored over evidence related to her death for two years before prosecutors charged HKS and two physicians with conspiracy to illegally furnish Anna Nicole (who purportedly used the disturbing pseudonym “Wilma Flinstone”) with sleeping pills, painkillers and other drugs. Adam Braun, defense attorney for Khristine Eroshevich, said such investigations take much longer than other probes because of the medical expertise required to review cases. “The patient might be seeing three or four different doctors who are prescribing medications that the other doctors are unaware of…Just because there is a deadly cocktail doesn’t mean the actions of one physician were inappropriate.”
It’s becoming directly proportional that the more infamous a celebrity’s reputation, the more likely it is for any semblance of stability in that’s individual’s life to be an ephemeral concept. We will remain riveted to both of these troubling tragedies with the hope that answers are forthcoming.