Published March 16, 2007
How many and how much? That’s what people want to know about Anna Nicole Smith’s drug usage. That, and how it might affect her baby daughter, Dannielynn.
A fax obtained exclusively by this column may shed some light on the still mysterious death of the modern-day pin-up model who accomplished nothing so much as getting the most publicity possible for the fewest achievements.
The fax was written and sent by Khristine Eroshevich, Smith’s personal psychiatrist and, since her death, “best friend.”
It’s a request for a laundry list of drugs that Eroshevich wanted sent to the Bahamas by courier for “M. Chase,” the pseudonym Smith used to obtain drugs.
The list is scary and potentially very harmful. It includes: four bottles of 2 mg Dilaudid; 2 milliliter bottles of Lorazepam (Ativan); two bottles of 350 mg Soma, a total of 180 tablets; one bottle each of 30 mg Dalmane and 400 mg Prexige, the latter a British drug; and one bottle of methadone, 300 5mg tablets. All of them are classified as different types of painkillers.
Eroshevich was with Smith through her pregnancy in the Bahamas, the birth of her daughter and death of her son Daniel.
More recently, Eroshevich has been a regular on “Entertainment Tonight,” giving exclusive interviews about her former patient and sticking closely to the side of Howard K. Stern.
Eroshevich sent the fax on Sept. 15, 2006, a week after the baby was born and five days after Daniel’s death.
At first she sent it from the Bahamas to Sandeep Kapoor, the Los Angeles physician who treated Smith under the pseudonym “Michelle Chase.”
When Kapoor refused to fill the prescriptions, sources say, Eroshevich sent the request directly to Key Pharmacy in North Hollywood, Calif. It was also refused there.
The doctor wrote the fax in her own hand and added a note at the bottom: “You have my local number here. Please call if half of the amounts can be prepared, I’ll have someone take them to a courier to bring to me and he can [illegible] Fedex the rest, except for the Intensol, which has to be on ice.”
She signed it “Kris,” even though it seemed from the fax that she didn’t actually know Kapoor.
One pharmacist, to whom I read this list, noted that all the dosages requested were much higher than usual.
“That’s 12 times the amount of Dalmane. All together, these drugs potentially will kill you. I would have refused to fill the order.”
All of the drugs carry warnings for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding especially not to take them.
The directions for Prexige read: “Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Prexige in this case. It is not known if lumiracoxib, the active ingredient of Prexige, passes into the breast milk and could affect your baby.”
In a brief conversation last night with Eroshevich, the psychiatrist acknowledged the existence of the fax, but declined to comment on it, citing "patient confidentiality."
There’s still a lot of unhappiness at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation after this week’s weird induction ceremony. It’s not just about the way votes were manipulated, either.
Sources say that at Tuesday’s board meeting, several members criticized new administrator Joel Peresman for “giving away” rights for the Hall’s logo to promote a “Definitive 200 Albums of all time” list developed by the National Association of Record Manufacturers.
Indeed, many of the albums on the top 200 list are not by Hall of Fame inductees.
And the list omits many members of the Hall of Fame. There are no albums on it by Janis Joplin, for example, or Elvis Costello, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Jefferson Airplane or The Kinks.
It’s the kind of list in which a Kenny G album is listed at number 107, above "Beggars Banquet," "Rubber Soul," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
Bob Dylan’s "Blonde on Blonde" didn’t even make the list. Need I say more?
Peresman is almost as much an unpopular figure at the Rock Hall as Jann Wenner, and he’s only been there a few months.
Now, sources say, Wenner may have his eye on taking over the I.M. Pei designed museum in Cleveland, and rewriting rock history completely (can you say, Mellencamp?)
Fans of D.A. Pennebaker’s famous documentary, “Don’t Look Back,” are reveling in the new box set edition that just came out.
The beautiful gift package includes the original film remastered, plus a second hour-long disc of never before seen outtakes. There’s also a book with a transcript of the movie’s dialogue, originally issued in 1965.
My favorite part, though, is a tiny flip book of Pennebaker’s groundbreaking music video of “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” the one where Dylan throws down the cards with the lyrics.
It’s been copied, borrowed and stolen hundreds of times. This is the original. The box set is already mostly sold out, and another edition is heading to stores. …
Mira Nair’s “The Namesake” expands to more theaters this weekend. Do not miss it. This beautifully rendered story of an assimilating Indian family will be back at awards season. You want to say you saw it “months ago,” don’t you? ...
An ice storm and inertia, not to mention lots of promos, meant “October Road” was must-see TV last night on ABC. Dreck is too kind a word to describe this miserable soap opera about a “writer” who returns to his small hometown 10 years after high school.
Whoever wrote the show knows nothing about book publishing, that’s for sure. For one thing, the “writer” had a black agent (the always good Bill Bellamy) who sounded like he was coaching a basketball player.
And in what decade was this show supposed to be set? The characters graduated from school in 1997, but are nostalgic for music of the '70s like “The Boys Are Back in Town” and REO Speedwagon’s “Take It on the Run.”
All this shot through a sepia-colored cough syrup lens. Stick a fork in this sucker.