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Anna seen pounding booze, and her room was full of pills
BY ANGELA MOSCONI in Hollywood, Fla.
and CARRIE MELAGO in New York
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
It's a scene similar to those that reportedly preceded her death. In these photos from 1995, the party girl balances a shot glass inside her T-shirt ...
... then dramatically empties it ...
... without using her hands.
Yesterday Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, had a tearful interview on 'Good Morning America,' in which she blamed drugs for her daughter's death.
Anna Nicole Smith's final days were a booze-fueled frenzy that ended in a hotel room so stocked with meds that it resembled a "pharmacist's shop," according to reports.
While an autopsy performed yesterday could not immediately determine what killed Smith, witnesses who saw the troubled bombshell in the days before her death say she was partying and falling-down drunk.
A bouncer at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, where Smith later died, said the centerfold was drinking into the early morning on Tuesday.
"I saw two guys walking her out. She was pretty much all trashed. She was messed up. She couldn't walk on her own. ... Her bouncer was on one side and her lawyer friend on the other," the bouncer said.
Just hours before she died, Smith was back at the Hard Rock's 24-hour Center Bar in the middle of the casino floor.
A bartender named Mike told the Daily News that Smith was tossing back double shots.
"Her eyes were droopy. It looked like she was really, really drunk. She was slurring her speech. She looked plastered," he said.
Mike said fans surrounded Smith that night, snapping pictures of her as she laughed and downed drinks.
"She talked to a few people but she was mostly concentrating on the drinking," he said. "She was wasted out of her mind, but that's the Anna Nicole me and my friends have grown to know."
Smith's hard-partying ways appeared to extend into her posh suite on the sixth floor of the hotel.
A source told Star magazine that entering the room was like "walking into a pharmacist's shop." Outfitted with a canopy bed, tall plants and leopard-print hangers, the room was filled with prescription medication including Xanax, Provigil, Vicodin and "a ... lot of methadone," Star reported.
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