The surprising death of Casey Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson empire, initiated a media circus with some wild speculation as to what exactly caused the 30-year-old’s untimely exit. The scramble over the line dredged up many dirty secrets but the major assumption was that Casey’s death was related to illegal drug abuse.
The true verdict of her death came out a few weeks after her passing and was a damning vilification of the media’s lust for headlines over facts.
The coroner, who had initially performed an autopsy on Casey on January 5th, 2010, had to wait for toxicology results to be able to determine the true cause.
According to a report released by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the heir died of diabetic ketoacidosis, a type of diabetic shock. The fact that she was diabetic and had been battling the disease since childhood was well known.
The media frenzy was sparked by the situation Johnson found herself in prior to her death; cut off from her family and with no income to pay her utility bills. She lived in squalid conditions and it is believed that although the diabetic complications ultimately killed her, the evidence of substance abuse certainly played its part too.
Her lover, Tila Tequila, said at the time: “I always knew she died of natural causes while others kept insinuating that she died of drug problems and kept airing dirty secrets from her past.
“I knew the real Casey before she died, and the Casey I knew was absolutely nothing like what the media and ex-friends made her out to be then everyone pointed the finger at me,” she continued. “I loved Casey and will never ever stop loving her. I’m glad she is resting in peace now.”
Another famously flawed friend, Lindsay Lohan tweeted: “’r.I.p. To a friend to and of many – Casey Johnson – my regards to her family, friends and her beautiful daughter Ava* you are in our hearts CJ.’
Casey was found dead at her home on January 4, 2010 and had been dead for several days before her body was discovered.