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

January 5, 2010 | 10:38 am

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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