Date: 15th March 2002
ANNA NICOLE SMITH's life will hit the gutter in months if she gets her hands on a huge court-ordered payout, friends fear. A judge awarded the buxom blonde $89 million (£63. 5 million) from the estate of her late husband, 90-year-old billionaire Texas oilman J Howard Marshall II. And according to American tabloid the Globe, she'll spiral out of control with partying and spending once she gets the loot.
A friend says, "Anna has had problems with alcohol and drugs in the past and she may not be able to help herself now that she's one of the wealthiest women in America. She has all the money she needs to fulfill her ever whim. The money will go to her head and she'll go into shopping overdrive. She's vowed to spend, spend, spend and she'll do whatever it takes to get the ultimate high. "
The 34-year-old bombshell is currently being treated for depression and has previously taken an array of painkillers, sedatives and antidepressants, say sources. And another source adds that Anna has also used marijuana and enjoys getting "loaded" on pricey Cristal champagne, which costs $200 (£140) a bottle.