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Three charged with providing Anna Nicole Smith with drugs [UPDATED]

March 12, 2009 |  7:42 pm

Three people were charged with providing Anna Nicole Smith with controlled substances before her death, authorities said today.

The California attorney general's office and the L.A. County district attorney's office said that two doctors, Khristine Eroshevich and Sandeep Kapoor, and Smith's lawyer, Howard K. Stern, "repeatedly and excessively" furnished drugs to the actress and model, who died in 2007.

"These individuals repeatedly and excessively furnished thousands of prescription pills to Anna Nicole Smith, often for no legitimate medical purpose," Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said in a statement. "There is ample evidence that Dr. Eroshevich and Dr. Kapoor violated their ethical obligations as physicians, while Mr. Stern funneled highly addictive drugs to Ms. Smith."

According to a statement released by Brown's office, the three allegedly "furnished thousands of prescription pills to Ms. Smith, including opiates, benzodiazepines, and other controlled and non-controlled substances."

Brown accused the doctors of falsifying prescriptions and Stern of "obtaining, delivering and administering these prescription drugs."

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Updated at 8:12 p.m.: An earlier version of this post gave the wrong last name for Smith's lawyer. His name is Howard K. Stern, not Howard K. Smith.