Tila Tequila girlfriend Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress, dies at 30

By The Associated Press Modified: January 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm •  Published: January 5, 2010
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Johnson, heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune and daughter of the owner of the New York Jets, lived a Hollywood lifestyle.

She partied with Paris Hilton and got engaged to bisexual reality TV star Tila Tequila. And like her idol Marilyn Monroe, Johnson died young.

The coroner's office planned an autopsy Tuesday on the 30-year-old Johnson, who was found dead Monday in her home behind big wooden gates bearing the name “Grumblenot” in a quiet Los Angeles neighborhood.

Her cause of death was under investigation, but there were no signs of foul play, police spokesman Officer Gregory Baek said.

Johnson was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, but it was unclear if that may have played a role in her death.

Additional tests, including a toxicology screening, could be ordered if the autopsy fails to determine how she died.

“We continue to inquire into prior medical history,” Craig R. Harvey, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said in an e-mail.

Johnson was the daughter of Jets owner Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson IV. He is also chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and co-authored the book, “Managing Your Child's Diabetes.”

Woody Johnson learned of his daughter's death just one day after his team clinched a playoff spot for the first time in three seasons.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan opened his press conference Tuesday by offering condolences to the owner.

“It's obviously a tragedy for Mr. Johnson and his family,” Ryan said.

Casey Johnson had no role in the health care products company that her great-great-grandfather founded in 1886, even though she and her two younger sisters were heirs to the fortune.

The family's involvement with the corporation ended decades ago.

“We have expressed our condolences to the Johnson family for their tragic loss,” Johnson & Johnson spokesman Jeff Leebaw said.

Like her friend and former high school classmate Paris Hilton, Johnson's exploits were detailed in tabloid reports of partying and sexual escapades.