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Fla. gov won't reappoint Anna Nicole Smith coroner
Fla. gov refuses to reappoint medical examiner who performed autopsy on Anna Nicole Smith
By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) ' Florida's governor has refused to reappoint the longtime medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Anna Nicole Smith.

Dr. Joshua Perper said he was stunned when he learned Gov. Rick Scott would not appoint him to another three-year term, saying he wished the governor's office had offered an explanation. Perper frequently appeared on national news shows after Smith's death, which he ruled was an accidental overdose.

The Medical Examiners Commission recommended Perper continue his service, but Scott's office sent a letter Tuesday asking for other recommendations. A spokesman said the governor wants options when choosing who will be the next medical examiner.

Smith, a 39-year-old former Playboy playmate, was found dead in her hotel room in 2007.

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