LOS ANGELES: Anna Nicole Smith spent the last days of her life drifting in and out of consciousness under the pale blue comforter of a king-sized hotel bed, too weak to walk, sit up or drink from anything other than a baby bottle, a court has been told.The description of the period preceding her death in 2007 from a combination of sedatives and other drugs came on the opening day of a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to try three people for conspiring to illegally furnish Smith with prescription medications.Smith died at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and a medical examiner there ruled her overdose an accident. But a taskforce spent two years investigating how she obtained opiates, sedatives and other drugs – 44 medications – in the period before her death.Los Angeles prosecutors eventually charged two California doctors who wrote her prescriptions, Khristine Eroshevich and Sandeep Kapoor, and her boyfriend and lawyer, Howard Stern, earlier this year. All three have pleaded not guilty.At Tuesday’s hearing before Judge Robert Perry in the Superior Court, a detective with the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement said Smith was clearly ill when she checked into the hotel on February 5, 2007, accompanied by Mr Stern and Dr Eroshevich, a psychiatrist.Special Agent Danny Santiago said the hotel employee who checked the group in recalled Smith leaning on Mr Stern to walk and seeming ”out of it.”At the request of Dr Eroshevic, who was not licensed in Florida, the hotel called a local doctor to go to the room and prescribe for Smith but then received another call from Mr Stern saying the doctor was not wanted, citing concerns about negative press coverage, the detective testified.Los Angeles Times
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