Late star Anna Nicole Smith‘s longtime companion/lawyer Howard K. Stern took photographs of her dead son’s body for profit, it has been claimed.
Daniel Smith died from a drug overdose three days after his mother gave birth to baby daughter Dannielynn in September 2006. He was 20.
G. Ben Thompson, former companion of Anna Nicole, told the inquest into Daniel’s death in the Bahamian capital of Nassau that Stern said the photographs “might be worth some money one day.”
Thompson told the inquest, “I was totally shocked he was taking pictures of a dead child laying in that bed.”
Stern’s attorney Shaka Serville hit back at the claims–insisting he took the photographs of Daniel’s body to prove to Anna Nicole that her son was dead.
Witnesses have already testified that the late model was highly distraught after his collapse.
Meanwhile, Thompson’s son Gayther alleges Stern appeared to dispose of two white pills he had found in Daniel’s clothes after his collapse in the hospital room.
Testimony in the inquest was adjourned on Wednesday until March 17 while court officials seek testimony from witnesses, including Anna Nicole‘s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead.
Police investigating Daniel’s death have said there is no evidence of homicide, and an autopsy found the likely cause was a combination of drugs, including methadone and antidepressants.
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