A spokesman for the Johnson Family has released a statement detailing preliminary funeral arrangements for late heiress Casey Johnson. Casey was the great-granddaughter of Robert Wood Johnson Jr., who built the Johnson & Johnson company into a $171.5 billion empire. The troubled mother of one was found dead in her West Hollywood home by a housekeeper early Monday. She was 30.
“The Johnson family wishes to thank everyone who has expressed condolences and support during this trying time. Your thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated,” family spokesman Jesse Derris told The Insider Tuesday evening.
“The family has arranged for Casey to be flown back East to her final resting place. There will be a private funeral service later this week for the immediate family. 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.”
In lieu of flowers, the phamaceutical family asks that supporters consider making a contribution to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Casey was diagnosed with the disease as a child and struggled to manage disease-induced comas into adulthood.
“For the many who have asked what they can do to honor Casey’s memory, we ask simply that you consider making a donation to the Casey Johnson Memorial at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (www.jdrf.org). Casey struggled throughout her life fighting this disease, and she would want to see all of us continue that fight on her behalf.”
Authorities in Los Angeles completed an autopsy on Johnson this afternoon. he cause of death has been deferred pending further tests that include toxicology tests and microscopic studies, which could take six to eight weeks to complete. Authorities found no evidence of trauma to the body.