Anna Nicole Plans a Second Autopsy
Anna Nicole Smith plans to bring a pathologist from the U.S. to the Bahamas to perform a second autopsy on her late son Daniel over the weekend, Her Majesty’s Coroner Linda P. Virgill told PEOPLE Friday.
“He is expected to arrive on Saturday and will complete his autopsy Sunday,” Virgill said. “If he was not coming in, I would have released the body. The body of Daniel Smith remains at Princess Margaret Hospital is Nassau, and the body will definitely not be released until Monday or Tuesday.”
According to one newspaper report, Smith has hired Cyril Wecht, 75, a Pittsburgh-based forensic pathologist who has previously consulted in the death investigations of Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Wecht is facing trial on charges that he improperly used his staff to work for his private practice while he served as Allegheny County coroner – but a judge has approved his trip to the Bahamas prior to his trial.
“What he does, he’s world-class at,” Wecht’s attorney, Jerry McDevitt, told the newspaper. “If you want the best, you call Cyril Wecht.”
Daniel Smith, 20, died in his mother’s hospital room Sunday while visiting her three days after she gave birth to baby girl. Reginald Ferguson, assistant commissioner for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, said at a press conference Thursday that an autopsy had been performed on Sept. 12 by forensic pathologist Dr. Govinda Raju.
“To date the cause of death is not known,” Ferguson said. “We await the results of the toxicological and other analysis and the autopsy. A death certificate has not been issued.”
He also said that when crime scene investigators were called to the hospital to investigate Daniel’s death, “There was nothing unusual noticed about the condition of the room.”
Smith’s Bahamas-based lawyer, Michael Scott, said Thursday that Smith supports a formal investigation to determine how Daniel died.
“She fully wants this process to take place and she wishes the public to not jump to conclusions and to wait for the conclusion of the proceedings,” said Scott, according to the Associated Press.
At the moment, Smith is “resting. She’s obviously devastated,” Scott said. “It’s going to take a long time to heal. She’s in seclusion and she wants some privacy.”
Officials have said that results of the toxicology report will be not be revealed until the start of a jury inquest scheduled to start Oct. 23. Smith, hospital staff and others who saw Daniel on the night of his death are expected to be called to testify.