Woody Johnson's Daughter Casey Found Dead in Home

Malcolm DiazCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2010

LOUISVILLE - MAY 2:  Actress Casey Johnson, in character as Mimi in the Tinsley Bumble Show, arrives for the '7th Annual Mint Jubilee Gala' May 2, 2003 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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There is tragedy today in Jets camp as Casey Johnson, the socialite daughter of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and heiress to the Johnson & Johnson business empire, has died. She was 30.

Popular celebrity news site TMZ.com reports that Casey Johnson was found dead in her home on Monday.

Police report paramedics had already pronounced Johnson dead when they arrived at her Los Angeles home shortly before noon. It is not known how long Johnson may have been dead.

Johnson’s death is speculated to have been from natural causes since a preliminary investigation turned up no signs of foul play. A final cause of death will be determined by coroner’s officials, who will seek toxicology tests. Those results could take six weeks to obtain.

In a statement released through publicist Jesse Derris, the Johnson family says it “is mourning its tragic loss and asks for privacy during this very difficult time.”

Johnson gained celebrity status as the girlfriend of Tila Tequila, a reality TV star, who posted this message on her Twitter page:

“Everyone please pray 4 my Wifey Casey Johnson. She has passed away. Thank u for all ur love and support but I will be offline to be w family.”

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Woody Johnson and the entire Johnson family in this time of tragedy. Just two days removed from the high of a successful run at gaining a playoff berth, I can’t think of a more heart-wrenching way to come down.

God bless the Johnsons, and may Casey rest in eternal sleep with the good Lord watching over her.