The Nassau, Bahamas, inquest into the troubled son of Anna Nicole Smith revealed that Daniel Smith struggled to break free from his mother’s image.
Ford Shelley, a friend of the family, testified that Daniel "wanted to break free. He loved his mother, but didn’t want to be known as her son.”
Shelley described Smith as a shy young man who was “afraid of his own shadow,” and denied Smith’s drug problem, saying that he “couldn’t even hold his liquor.”
Nassau medical examiner Lee Hern confirmed that Smith died from an overdose of methadone and believed that Smith was not a habitual user of the drug. He also said that he believed that his death was “intentional” based on the large amount of methadone Smith had ingested.
Around 30 witnesses have testified during the inquest, which was arranged to determine responsibility in Smith’s death.