Update: Parties involved in Daniel Smith inquest agree that death was not homicide

04/01/2008 at 07:00 AM ET

Annaanddaniel_2 Update:  It took a jury less than two hours to conclude yesterday that Daniel died from an accidental drug overdose, People reports via the Associated Press.  Jurors went on to recommend that no third party be charged criminally in connection with the death.

Originally posted March 20:  Jurors empaneled in a Bahamian court to decide the cause of death for Daniel Smith, son of the late Anna Nicole Smith, will have four options to choose from — and homicide is not one of them. 

TMZ reports this afternoon that the parties in the action, including Daniel’s maternal grandmother Virgie Arthur and the executor of Anna Nicole’s estate Howard K. Stern, agreed that Daniel died by one of three ways:  accident, misadventure or non-dependent drug use.  Jurors will also be given the option of rendering an ‘open verdict,’ in the event that they are unable to discern the exact cause of death.  As for misadventure, TMZ defines the term as "a hazardous course of action which ended fatally."

Daniel died in September 2006 at the age of 20, just three days after Anna Nicole delivered his baby sister, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead, 18-months.

Sources:  TMZ, People

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Mrs Marple on

What is your source of information. This is not what is being reported by the Bahamian press. As a matter of fact The magistrate stated that this case is so complicated that he would not give them final directions yet.

Please note the following report:


Thu Mar 20, 3:20 PM ET

NASSAU, Bahamas – A judge on Thursday postponed deliberations of a Bahamas jury charged with deciding what killed the son of former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith.

Magistrate William Campbell said the jury will reconvene March 31.

“The evidence appears to be simple, but it requires more time for review,” he said.

The seven-member jury will formally determine what killed Daniel Smith and has the power to recommend criminal charges if it finds evidence of wrongdoing.

The Magistrate did state that this was ‘MOST LIKELY NOT HOMICIDE” There is a huge difference between taking homicide of the table and “MOST LIKELY NOT HOMICIDE.”

Please, double check your information!