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Coroner to perform autopsy; determining Casey Johnson's cause of death could take weeks

Authorities said today it could take more than a month to make a final determination about what caused the death of Casey Johnson, heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune.

Casey Johnson, 30, was found dead in her Los Angeles home Monday morning, and police officials said a preliminary investigation by homicide investigators found nothing to suggest anything other than a death from natural causes.

An autopsy will be performed on Johnson today or Wednesday but an announcement on the cause of death could be deferred four to six weeks, pending the outcome of toxicology tests, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Winter said his office had received information that Johnson had a history of diabetes but added, "We are still conducting our investigation."

Johnson also has a reported history of drug use and has been in rehab several times.

Johnson, the daughter of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and the girlfriend of reality TV star Tila Tequila, 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 after allegedly taking $22,000 in clothing, jewelry, handbags, personal mail and other items. Johnson pleaded not guilty and was due back in court Feb. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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Perhaps we need to rethink the term "reality TV star" and simply call them "reality TV participants."

6 weeks for toxicology test results? they overestimate the complexity of the test as well as their own importanceIMO

When will this country learn that drug addiction is a sickness that needs treatment, not jail time. From percription drugs to meth, its all the same. The users and their families hide them away until its too late. Shame on the Johnson family for cutting this girl off, she needed help, not left in isolation.

Ms. Johnson unfortunately appears to have gotten herself involved in a life that lacked any sense of a moral center or reality. She mostly definitely is an example of how money is not the answer to a good life. I have heard people say, "the child is confused", well that maybe right but I have doubts that "confused" is really the right word. But, her parents will have to live with her death- and in time the coroner will probably shed some light on the cause of her death.
A lot of our youth in America just don't get it and many parents are not parenting.

which part of DRUG RELATED we dont want to understand , she was on drugs as we all know , yup so was michael

I can understand if the Multi-- Multi rich Johnson family cut Casey off from extravagance, but denying her the basic essentials to survive, like electricy bills, food, medicine, is as much as 'aiding and abetting'
to her death themselves. They should all be ashamed of themselves, this Johnson family with soooo much money,they let this young lady die alone, in a home without the simple basics. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU. YOU SHOULD ALL BE ARRESTED IN HELPING THIS YOUNG WOMAN DIE SO SOON IN HER LIFE.


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