Smith first gained popularity in Playboy magazine when she won the title of 1993 Playmate of the Year. She quickly became one of the most famous models in the world. In just her first year with Playboy and Guess Jeans she earned 22 million dollars. While she had so many things going for her, her addiction to drugs destroyed every single bit of it. On February 8, 2007, she was sick, very weak, and had been sleeping excessively while on vacation in Florida. Instead of heading to the doctor for fear of the paparazzi, she waited it out in her hotel room. When she couldn’t be wakened from her sleep, she was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:49 pm. Her death was ruled an “accidental drug overdose” due to ingesting excessive amounts of chloral hydrate—a potent sleep medication—in combination with therapeutic levels of other medications. Could the doctors have saved her? We investigate on Final 24 on Wednesday, June 24th at 9/8c.
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