"I tried to warn her about drugs. ... She didn't listen," Smith's mother says

By People Staff
Updated February 09, 2007 08:45 AM

Anna Nicole Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, says drugs may have caused her daughter’s death Thursday at age 39.

“I think she had too many drugs, just like Danny,” Virgie Arthur told ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, referring to Smith’s son Daniel, who died in September at age 20.

(A private coroner hired by the Smith family has said Daniel’s death, which is still being investigated in the Bahamas, was the result of a lethal combination of medications including methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro.)

“I tried to warn her about drugs and the people she hung around with,” Arthur said. “She didn’t listen. She was too drugged up. She was so wasted.”

Meanwhile, sources tell New York City’s CBS 2 that investigators found illegal narcotics as well as prescription medications in Smith’s Hollywood, Fla., hotel room. An autopsy is schedule to take place on Friday.

Arthur also told GMA Smith’s inner circle thwarted her attempts to help her daughter: “The people she was around wouldn’t let, you know, let us get close to her or talk to her.”

Still, Arthur said she was proud of her daughter – “She had come so far, made a big name for herself” – though she said Smith’s claim that she came from a dirt-poor background was exaggerated.

“Well, she didn’t come from a small town, as she said she did,” Arthur said. “I asked her, ‘You were born in Houston, middle-class family. Why do you tell that story?’ ”

According to Arthur, Smith said a “rags to riches” story would get more press.

” ‘If my name is out there in the news, good or bad, it doesn’t matter … good or bad, I make money so I’m going to do whatever it takes,’ ” Arthur said her daughter told her. “And she did. She was savvy.” (A video of the interview can be seen on

This was not the first time Arthur has made inflammatory comments about her family in the media.

In October, Arthur, a 28-year veteran of Texas law enforcement, told Britain’s Sun newspaper that Daniel Smith “didn’t take an overdose. It was murder. The levels of drugs in his body are way too high. Someone has to pay.”

That same month, she told CNN’s Nancy Grace that she was suspicious of Smith’s companion, Howard K. Stern, who says he’s the father of Smith’s baby daughter.

“I know that Danny had a trust fund,” Arthur said. “If Howard marries Vickie [Smith’s real name was Vicki Lynn Hogan] and Daniel’s gone, that leaves Howard and the baby to inherit whatever money she has. … If Howard Stern marries her and she ends up dead, then who does the money go [to]? ”

Asked by Grace what she would say to Smith if she could, Arthur said: “Vickie Lynn, you know I love you, always have. And be very careful about who you hang around with, because you may be next.”

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