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Smith’s Son May Get 2nd Autopsy

September 15, 2006

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ The head coroner in the Bahamas said Friday she has authorized Anna Nicole Smith’s family to bring in their own pathologist to perform a second autopsy on her son, Daniel.

The family’s pathologist will arrive from the United States on Saturday and will perform the autopsy on Sunday, head coroner Linda Virgill said.

``It is nothing unusual for families to want their own pathologist to confirm or look for something that may have been overlooked″ in the autopsy by the coroner’s office, Virgill said.

The results of the official autopsy, which was done on Tuesday, have not been released. Virgill said a toxicology test would be completed next week.

The Bahamas coroner’s office has termed the death of Daniel Wayne Smith to be ``suspicious.″ The term, however, meant the cause was not immediately apparent and did not necessarily imply foul play, Virgill said Thursday.

Daniel Smith died Sept. 10, three days after his mother gave birth to a daughter in the Bahamas.

A jury inquest is scheduled to begin Oct. 23. Witnesses including Smith, hospital staff and others who saw her son the night of his death were expected to be summoned.

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