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Originally posted 02/04/2010 01:00PM
Casey Johnson died of natural causes, the Los Angeles coroner has ruled.
The specific cause of death was "diabetic ketoacidosis," a condition caused by a shortage of insulin, according to a coroner statement.
The Johnson & Johnson heiress, 30, who recently got engaged to reality TV star Tila Tequila, was found dead in her L.A. home on Jan. 4.
Johnson had suffered from severe diabetes since childhood.
Shortly after her death, a law enforcement source told PEOPLE that hypodermic needles were found in the home, and they suspected Johnson partied the night before she died and neglected to take her insulin. No illicit drugs were found.
The heiress left behind her adopted daughter, Ava, 3, who will live with Johnson's mother Sale and her husband Ahmad Rashad "for the foreseeable future," according to a family source. – Ken Lee
Originally posted 01/12/2010 10:00AM
Tila Tequila is stepping back from Twitter and opening up about her memories of Casey Johnson, to whom the reality star, 28, was engaged in the weeks leading up to the heiress's shocking death at age 30.
"I'm trying to remember what's good," Tequila told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview Monday. "She was such a loving and beautiful person. I want people to remember her as that."
Though they had been dating only a month, Tequila, born Tila Nguyen, says she and Casey had known each other through mutual friends in Hollywood – and initially didn't think romance was an option.
"We just hated each other through gossip. When people talk about someone you have preconceived judgments," Tequila says. "But one day I texted and she was the cutest thing ever. She was nothing I had envisioned. I thought, I cannot believe this is the Casey Johnson people used to tell me about."
Originally posted 01/08/2010 04:20PM
The moment the woman saw Casey Johnson in her guesthouse, she knew she was dead.
"She's ice cold and her hands are turning blue," the woman says, according to a tape of the 911 call. "I have two other people with me and we all think she's dead."
The caller, who was not identified, tells the emergency operator that the body of the 30-year-old woman is "in my guesthouse, so I need somebody right away."
Originally posted 01/07/2010 02:35PM
Tila Tequila is defending herself on the Internet, fighting off claims she ignored warning signs in the days leading up to Casey Johnson's death
Originally posted 01/07/2010 09:05AM
First grief, and now anger.
Casey Johnson's longtime girlfriend Courtenay Semel has broken her silence after the heiress's death to lash out at another woman close to Johnson – reality star Tila Tequila.
"The thing I find the most sickening is that the media is giving [her] the one thing she craves: attention. Tila, you knew her for a week," Semel tells PEOPLE.
Just weeks before Johnson was found dead in her Los Angeles home at age 30, Johnson made tabloid news when she said she was engaged to Tequila, the star of MTV's over-the-top matchmaking show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.
Originally posted 01/05/2010 08:05PM
Casey Johnson, the 30-year-old Johnson & Johnson heiress who was found dead, will be laid to rest later this week in a private funeral attended by immediate family.
“The Johnson family wishes to thank everyone who has expressed condolences and support during this trying time," says family spokesman Jesse Derris. "Your thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated.
The socialite's family has arranged for her body to be "flown back east to her final resting place," Derris says. No other details were announced.
“The family asks for a measure of privacy over the next several days as they mourn their loss," adds Derris.
Originally posted 01/04/2010 08:55PM
Casey Johnson, the heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune who recently made tabloid headlines with a purported engagement to reality star Tila Tequila, has died at age 30.
Her death was announced by Tequila on her Twitter page and confirmed by police.
"Everyone please pray 4 my Wifey Casey Johnson," Tequila wrote. "She has passed away. Thank u for all ur love and support but I will be offline to be w/ family."'
Los Angeles police and firefighters were called to a house at 11:51 a.m. Monday. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.
"It appears to be a natural death," says police Officer Sara Faden. "There's no evidence of foul play. A toxicology report from the coroner's office will proceed next."
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