Casey Johnson's Body to Be Flown East for Ceremony

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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Casey Johnson was found dead in her Los Angeles home on Monday. Her body is being flown East for burial.

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The body of socialite and Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson will be flown east for a private funeral, a family spokesman said Wednesday.

Johnson, 30, will be laid to rest later this week in a service attended by immediate family, family spokesman Jesse Derris said. He declined to provide the location or any additional details.

Johnson, whose father is New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, was found dead in her Los Angeles home on Monday. An autopsy conducted Tuesday was inconclusive and the cause of her death was deferred pending results of toxicology tests, which could take a month or more.

Hours before her death, on the East Coast, Woody Johnson celebrated an unlikely playoff berth for his New York Jets as they beat the Cincinnati Bengals 37-0 to end the 2009 regular season and conclude their reign at the Meadowlands before the new stadium opens next year.

"The family asks for a measure of privacy over the next several days as they mourn their loss. No other information will be released at this time," said a family statement released Tuesday.

Johnson had been an insulin-dependent diabetic since childhood but it was not immediately clear whether that contributed to her death. A memorial fund in her name was set up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Johnson, dubbed the "baby-oil heiress" by The New York Post, lived her life on the tabloid pages. She partied with high school friend and fellow heiress Paris Hilton and announced last month that she was "engaged" to bisexual reality TV star Tila Tequila.

Johnson was charged last month with burglary and receiving stolen property for allegedly taking $22,000 in clothing, jewelry and other items from a friend's home. She pleaded not guilty and faced a February hearing.

She is survived by her parents, two younger sisters, and an adopted child she named Ava-Monroe, after her idol, Marilyn Monroe.

A socialite from Manhattan's Upper East Side, Johnson counted fellow heiress Paris Hilton as among her friends.

"I've known Casey since I was a baby," Hilton told Life & Style magazine. "She had a big heart and she was a good friend. I feel so sad, I don't want to believe it. My condolences go out to her family and loved ones."

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