Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP
February 09, 2007 08:25 AM

No illegal drugs were found in Anna Nicole Smith’s hotel room and there is no evidence that her death was a crime, police said at a press conference on Friday.

“At this point no evidence has been revealed to suggest that a crime occurred. We have found no illegal drugs, only prescription medicines,” said Charlie Tiger, Seminole Police Chief. “We are not releasing the names on those prescriptions. We have taken sworn statements from all the parties involved; everyone has cooperated fully.”

The Broward County, Fla., chief medical examiner, Dr. Joshua Perper, said that he found no pills in Smith’s stomach, and that the final determination of the cause of death will require another three to five weeks.

Perper said at the press conference that Thursday’s death of the 39-year-old could have been caused by one of three reasons. The first, he said, is that it could be attributed “solely to natural causes.” The second, “due to some medical and chemicals.” And the third, “a combination of natural causes and medication. At this time we don’t have the results that would allow us to make a final determination.”

Perper did say that he was able to “exclude any kind of physical injury such as blunt force trauma, gunshot wound, stab wound or asphyxia as a cause of death.”

According to Perper, Smith “had been sick for several days with what was approximately some kind of stomach flu” before she collapsed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., Thursday afternoon at about 1 p.m. Her bodyguard tried to resuscitate Smith, and she was taken to the hospital. “The patient was, unfortunately, virtually dead upon arrival.”

Perper said the only signs of minor trauma to Smith’s body were some bruises on her back, said to be the result of a recent slip in the bathroom.

He termed Smith’s “a sudden unexpected and unexplained death.”

“For three days she was experiencing a stomach flu. There was some vomiting and some diarrhea,” Perper told PEOPLE Friday.

Asked about any physical evidence on the body that might have suggested drug injections, he says, “There was no sign of injectibles other than what was done in the hospital. The only sign of injectibles were the therapeutic kind.”

In addition, there was no sign of alcohol. The autopsy found her liver was enlarged, but no more than 20 percent above normal. “Her heart was normal in size but there are minute findings of changes in color.”

As for the investigation, police are continuing to review surveillance tapes, said Tiger. “This incident will remain an open investigation until all tests have been completed by the medical examiner’s office.”

In other developments on Friday, a Los Angeles judge refused to order an emergency DNA test on the body of the late Smith, which had been requested to help determine the paternity of her daughter, Dannielynn.

Debra Opri, the attorney for photographer Larry Birkhead who claims he is Dannielynn’s father, had made the request. She participated in a closed-door hearing with Smith’s attorney, Ron Rale, shortly before 9 a.m. in Los Angeles.

Opri said, “It is very important that the DNA connect Anna with the baby being tested. We don’t want a baby switch.”

Smith’s attorney and longtime confidant, Howard K. Stern, 38, claims that he is the father.

Birkhead, 34, also requested custody of Dannielynn, which the judge denied on Friday.

Danielynn is now in the care of her companion Howard K. Stern’s mother and sister in the Bahamas, Smith lawyer Ron Rale said Friday. Stern, who is listed on Dannielynn’s birth certificate as her father, is in Florida.

A full hearing in the paternity battle has been scheduled for Feb. 20. The body of Smith, who died at age 39 on Thursday, was ordered to be held in Florida, pending the Feb. 20 hearing.

To complicate the paternity issue, on Friday the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor told the Associated Press that he had a decade-long affair with Anna Nicole Smith and may be her daughter’s father.

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