A strange and sad development has occurred in the world of Hollywood lesbian socialites. Yesterday, Casey Johnson, heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune and fiancée to Tila Tequila, was found dead in Los Angeles. She was 30 years old.
Johnson was a fixture in the tabloids during the past year. A quarrel between Johnson and ex-girlfriend Courtenay Semel landed Johnson in the hospital last January, and this past November, Johnson was arrested for allegedly burglarizing the home of model Jasmine Lennard. Last month, Johnson and Tila announced their engagement.
Johnson has also been embroiled in a custody battle with her mother, Sale Johnson, for her daughter, Ava, whom she adopted from Kazakhstan two years ago.
Tila Tequila, after hearing the news, announced Johnson’s death on Twitter, further stating that she was going offline to seek privacy but then continued with her trademark Twitterrhea. Included in her stream of tweets were two bizarre tweets that suggested that Johnson was still alive but in a coma.
After the police confirmed Johnson’s death, Tila Tequila signed off Monday night with the following tweet:
Samantha Ronson stirred up some speculation as to the cause of death when she tweeted a follow up tweet to her initial tweet of “R.I.P. Casey Johnson”:
Later on, however, she clarified that the above-mentioned tweet was about some other friends of hers and suggested that Johnson’s death could have resulted from complications from diabetes.
According to the police, Johnson died of natural causes, and there was no evidence of foul play. “It appears to be a natural death,” said Officer Sara Faden of the LAPD. “There’s no evidence of foul play. Of course, there will be a toxicology report from the coroner’s office.”
The year prior to her death Johnson led a tumultuous life in the unflinching tabloid spotlight, which chronicled her troubles with the law and her relationships, and she exited the world as she lived — with the tabloids buzzing around her. However, no matter what picture the tabloids painted, her passing is a very sad turn of events.