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Heiress Casey Johnson to be buried on East Coast; questions over death remain

January 6, 2010 |  8:01 am

51458402 The family of Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson has settled on memorial plans as the L.A. County coroner's office continues to investigate the circumstances of her untimely death this week in L.A.'s Westside.

Johnson was to be buried in a private ceremony on the East Coast. A memorial fund has been set up in her name at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Johnson, 30, suffered from diabetes, but it's unclear if it played a role in her death. An autopsy was performed, but officials said the findings were inconclusive. More tests are being performed.

A preliminary investigation by homicide investigators found nothing to suggest that Johnson died of anything other than natural causes. She was found inside her home.

And sources with the Los Angeles Police Department -- who spoke on the condition that they not be named because of the ongoing investigation -- believe the cause was "medically related."

The personal life of Johnson, the daughter of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and the girlfriend of reality TV star Tila Tequila, has long been a staple for celebrity gossip sites and tabloids including Page Six, which dubbed the heiress to the Johnson & Johnson empire the "baby-oil heiress."

Johnson called it "the stupidest mistake of my life" to turn down an invitation from pal Paris Hilton to costar on "The Simple Life." The role went to Nicole Richie.

Johnson was featured in "It Girls," a 2002 documentary about the young and rich in Manhattan.

There were signs of strain in Johnson's life in the last few years.

She became locked in a struggle with her mother over custody of Ava-Monroe, a baby born in Kazakhstan who was adopted by Johnson in 2007.

Most recently, Johnson was arrested and charged in December in connection with a break-in at the home of Jasmine Lennard, another reality television star and former girlfriend.

Johnson was charged with first-degree residential burglary and receiving stolen property for allegedly taking $22,000 in clothing, jewelry, handbags, personal mail and other items. She pleaded not guilty and was due back in court Feb. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

--Andrew Blankstein

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