Casey Johnson

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Casey Johnson
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Casey Johnson in 2008
BornSale Trotter Case Johnson
(1979-09-24)September 24, 1979
Florida, United States
💀DiedJanuary 4, 2010 (aged 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.January 4, 2010 (aged 30)
Cause of deathDiabetic ketoacidosis
🏳️ CitizenshipUnited States
🏫 EducationBrown University
💼 Occupation
Socialite, occasional actress
👶 ChildrenAva-Monroe Johnson (born 2006)
👴 👵 Parent(s)Robert Wood Johnson IV
Nancy Sale Frey Rashad

Sale Trotter Case "Casey" Johnson (September 24, 1979 – January 4, 2010) was an American heiress, socialite, and celebutante as well as an occasional actress, model, and author. She was the great-great-granddaughter of Robert Wood Johnson I, co-founder of Johnson & Johnson.

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in Florida as the firstborn child of Nancy Sale Frey, a socialite and former model, and Robert Wood Johnson IV ("Woody" Johnson), owner of the New York Jets.[1] She was raised in the New York City borough of Manhattan along with her sisters, Daisy and Jaime.[2] She attended the exclusive Chapin, Marymount, and Dwight Schools and later enrolled in Brown University for one semester.[1] She was the step-daughter of newscaster Ahmad Rashād. She was also related to documentary filmmaker Jamie Johnson, who co-produced and directed the 2003 documentary, Born Rich.[3] She interned for friend Lizzie Grubman at her Wall Street office and briefly worked as an editor for Manhattan File.

At eight years old, Johnson was diagnosed with type one diabetes.[4] She and her father were both involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, working to find a cure for the disease.[5] In 1998 at age 19, Johnson was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. During her teens in the mid-to-late 1990s, Johnson received attention from the paparazzi media as a New York "party girl" and socialite.[citation needed]


At the age of 14, Johnson co-wrote a book with her father entitled Managing Your Child's Diabetes.[6] She appeared as herself on the television shows The Fabulous Life of... and E! True Hollywood Story. In 1999, Johnson had a minor role in the film Gloria, starring Sharon Stone.[1] In 2002, she was featured in the documentary It Girls, which was filmed in 2000 during Manhattan's Fashion Week.[7]

When Nicky Hilton declined to co-star with her sister, Paris, in The Simple Life, Paris asked Johnson, who also declined the offer; the role was subsequently given to Nicole Richie. Johnson called it the "stupidest mistake of my life" because her dream was to be an actress.

Johnson also had a part in the never-aired The Tinsley Bumble Show, wherein she played a catty, vindictive socialite named Mimi von Lustig.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson's mother revealed that her daughter struggled with borderline personality disorder. Johnson's mother attributed her daughter's troubles to the disorder.[8][unreliable source?]

In 2006, Johnson had a public falling out with her aunt, Elizabeth Ross "Libet" Johnson, after Johnson accused her aunt of stealing her boyfriend, John Dee.[1]

In 2007, Johnson adopted Ava Monroe (born August 14, 2006), an infant girl from Kazakhstan.[9] Nicky Hilton is the child's godmother.[10]

Johnson was openly bisexual and dated both men and women. She began an intense, on off relationship with fellow heiress and socialite Courtenay Semel in April 2008. In January 2009, Semel reportedly set Johnson's hair on fire after a fight.[11] In November 2009, Johnson was arrested for allegedly stealing jewelry, shoes, six hundred pages of a legal document, clothing, and underwear from the apartment of English fashion model Jasmine Lennard, who was tipped off by Semel.[12] Johnson pleaded not guilty to burglary and receiving stolen property and had a preliminary hearing scheduled for February 2, 2010.[13]

After refusing to seek treatment for drug abuse and mental health issues, Johnson was cut off financially by her family, which led to the impounding of her Porsche, for which court records showed Johnson owed Porsche Financial Services a total of $105,740.93.[14] Johnson was also sued by a nanny service who won a $20,000 judgement against her.[15]

On December 9, 2009, Johnson announced via Ustream video that she and reality television star Tila Tequila were engaged.[16][17] Four days later, Johnson stated that she would be changing her and her daughter's last name to "Nguyen", Tila Tequila's legal surname,[18] though this never occurred.


On January 4, 2010, the Daily News reported that a maid found Johnson's dead body in the bedroom of her West Hollywood home.[19] An unidentified 911 caller reported that Johnson was ice cold and her hands had turned blue. The caller also stated that Johnson was on medications and that they often got "all screwed up".[20]

On February 4, 2010, the Los Angeles Coroner's Office announced that she had died of diabetic ketoacidosis.[21] She was reported to have neglected to take insulin and therefore died due to lack of proper medical treatment.[22][unreliable source?] Johnson's fiancée, Tila Tequila, had arranged plans to seek legal custody of Casey Johnson's adopted daughter, Ava, who is currently under the legal custody of Johnson's mother, Sale.[23][24]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Andrews, Suzanna (September 2006). "Heiress vs. Heiress". p. 3. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  2. Barbara Goldsmith (Jan 7, 2010). "The Johnson Family Tears". The Daily Beast.
  3. Ditzian, Eric (2010-01-05). "Casey Johnson: A Look At Her Family Tree". Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  4. Wheaton, Sarah (2010-01-04). "Casey Johnson, Daughter of Jets Owner, Dies at 30". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  5. "Resources for People with Diabetes : Books on Diabetes at LBH". NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  6. Piazza, Jo (2010-01-06). "J&J heiress Casey Johnson had high-profile life". Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  7. Friedman, Roger (1 April 2002). "Oprah: No Shocks or Klan Members". Fox News. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  8. "Daily Mail". 30 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  9. Fisher, Luchina (2009-01-06). "Johnson's Friends Baffled by Death of Heiress". p. 1. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  10. Fisher, Luchina (2009-01-06). "Johnson's Friends Baffled by Death of Heiress". p. 3. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  11. Kaufman, Gil (2010-02-01-05). "Casey Johnson's Life Of Privilege Became A Tabloid Target". Retrieved 9 January 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. Heiress in theft scandal New York
  13. Silverman, Billy (2010-01-04). "Casey Johnson Dead: Tila Tequila's Girlfriend, Johnson & Johnson Heiress Dies At 30". Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  14. Dillon, Nancy; Goldsmith, Samuel (8 January 2010). "Casey Johnson 911 tape..." New York: NY Daily News.
  15. Chang, Juju; McCarthy, Kate (2010-01-06). "Is Tough Love the Best Approach for Troubled Children?". Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  16. Casey Johnson's Recorded Engagement Announcement Archived December 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine UStream.
  17. "Tila Tequila Flashes Nipple, Claims Engagement To Troubled Heiress Casey Johnson". Huffington Post. December 9, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  18. Casey Johnson Twitter — December 13, 2009
  19. "Photos: Casey Johnson dies at 30". New York: 2010-01-05. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  20. Lee, Ken (2010-01-08). "Casey Johnson 911 Tape: 'She's Ice Cold'". Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  21. Winton, Richard (February 4, 2010). "Casey Johnson died of diabetes-related condition, L.A. County coroner says". Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  22. "Casey Johnson Died from Diabetes-Related Condition, Coroner Says".
  23. Foster, Alistair (2010-01-06). "Billionaire's daughter Casey Johnson dies in suspected drugs overdose". Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  24. "Tila Tequila Planning To Seek Custody Of Casey Johnson's Daughter". AHN. 2010-01-14. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.

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