After a sad year of numerous celebrity deaths in 2009, the first of 2010 is equally as sudden and shocking.
The body of 30-year-old socialite Casey Johnson, daughter of Jets' owner Woody Johnson and heir to the Johnson & Johnson brand fortune, was found by her maid at her Los Angeles home. She was
pronounced dead by paramedics at 11:51 am Monday, January 4, 2010.
At this time, it is unclear how long Johnson may have been dead when authorities arrived; however, there is suggestion that she had died a couple days earlier. Preliminary investigations report no signs of foul play. Results of a toxicology test could take up to six weeks to obtain.
Initial reports list Johnson's cause of death as "natural causes."
'It appears to be a natural death,' said LAPD officer Sara Faden to the press. 'There's no evidence of foul play. A toxicology report from the coroner's office will proceed next.'
Johnson, who was referred to as a 'sweet but troubled girl' by a family friend, was battling drug and alcohol addiction. She had recently run into legal troubles after being accused of breaking and entering the California home of former reality TV star and ex-girlfriend Jasmine Lennard, stealing clothes and performing lewd acts.
'The Johnson family is mourning a tragic loss,' said a spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson, 'and asks for privacy during this very difficult time.'
According to the New York Daily News, Johnson's family had recently cut her from her trust fund after her repeated drug abuse.
Johnson & Johnson is the multi-billion-dollar company behind several internationally known brands, including Band-Aid, Listerine, Tylenol, Neutrogena and Johnson's Baby.
Casey Johnson had recently announced her engagement to reality TV star Tila Tequila, 28, who wrote simply on her Twitter yesterday:
'offline to be w family.'
Later, the Tila Tequila's Twitter update was followed by the confirmation of Casey's death: 'R.I.P my Angel. @caseyjonsonJnJ u will forever be in my heart! I love u so so much and we will Marry when I see U in Heaven my Wifey'
This morning at 6:48 am, Tila Tequila wrote on her MySpace: 'R.I.P my Casey Johnson...
I'm still in shock! Once again thank U for the outpour of love and support. I just wish to have some privacy at this heartbreaking time.
I can't stop these haunting visions of her and I. We made such a lovely couple, only beginning to spend the rest of our lives together...
Stay tuned on SheKnows for more updates about Casey Johnson's death.
Condolences to the Johnson's friends and family from SheKnows.
Editor's update, January 6, 10:10 am PST:
Johnson's family are dealing with the loss of their daughter, Casey, but now also have to take care of the troubled heiress' adopted daughter, Ava-Monroe.
Since SheKnows first broke the story, several celebrities who knew Casey Johnson have added their thoughts on their fallen friend.
'I am devastated to hear this news. I've known Casey since I was a baby,' Paris Hilton said. 'She had a big heart and she was a good friend. I feel so sad, I don't want to believe it. My condolences go out to her family and loved ones.'
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