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Howard K. Stern, doctors charged in Anna Nicole Smith's death

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been two years since Anna Nicole Smith overdosed at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood.

Now, Smith's lawyer boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, and two doctors are charged in connection to her fatal overdose.

One of Smith's doctors and Stern surrendered and posted bail overnight Thursday. They're facing charges they gave Smith drugs before her fatal overdose back in 2007.

Prosecutors, investigating the case for more than two years, say there were thousands of medications involved. Some prescribed for Smith, some under her alias, and others prescribed for Stern.

"She was obviously addicted," said California Attorney General Jerry Brown. "These doctors had a medical obligation to prescribe medicine in a professional way. Evidence will show this did not happen."

It all allegedly lead to a lethal drug cocktail that eventually killed Anna Nicole Smith. It's been very complicated because it involves literally thousands of pills, dangerous chemicals, that have been prescribed under the law of California and in violation of that law.

To give you some perspective, check out the picture to your right, obtained by TMZ.com. They were taken in Smith's bedroom in the Bahamas shortly after she died. The photos show methadone and other medication.

At the time of her death, several prescription medications, both in Smith's and Stern's names, were found in Smith's hotel room at the Hard Rock near Hollywood.

The two doctors and lawyer are charged with eight felonies each. An attorney for the second doctor, Khristine Eroshevich, acknowledged the prescriptions, but said the doctor's intent was never to commit fraud.

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