Authorities Re-Opening Anna Nicole Smith Probe
03/26/2009 AT 12:50 PM EDT
The reality star's Feb. 8, 2007, death is being reexamined by the Broward County State Attorney's Office in Florida, less than two weeks after Smith's boyfriend and two doctors were arrested for allegedly giving her thousands of prescriptions pills before she died in Hollywood, Fla., at age 39.
"We are now examining that evidence to see where it might lead in relation to Ms. Smith's death here in Broward County in 2007," a Broward County spokesman told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The Broward Medical Examiner's Office concluded in 2007 that Smith died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, but ruled out homicide because there was no evidence anyone forced her to take the medications.
Legal experts say that if authorities can link her overdose to someone illegally supplying her with drugs, they might be able to put forward a charge as severe as first-degree murder.