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Johnson and Johnson Heiress Dies: Tila Tequila Blames Drugs for Casey Johnson Death, Says Site

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Casey Johnson, heiress to the Johnson & Johnson business empire and fiance to Web celebrity Tila Tequila, has died at the age of 30.

Did prescription drugs have anything to do with the socialite's untimely death?

Photo: Casey Johnson at grand opening of Apple Lounge in West Hollywood, Calif., Aug. 14, 2008.

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According to celebrity site Radaronline.com, Tequila thinks they did.

Photo: Tila Tequila.

Quoting an unamed source close to Tequila, the site says the bisexual reality TV star best known for a VH1 show in which she tries to fall in love, believes Johnson died from a prescription drug overdose.

On her Twitter page, Tequila wrote, "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."

TMZ.com reported that Johnson was found dead Monday. Police officers responded to her Los Angeles home around 11:51 a.m. where paramedics had already pronounced Johnson dead, officer Sara Faden said.

It is unclear how long Johnson may have been dead by the time authorities arrived. Internet speculation has been that the heiress had been dead for several days before her body was discovered.

Faden said Johnson's death may have been from natural causes since a preliminary investigation turned up no signs of foul play. But she added that a final cause of death will be determined by coroner's officials, who will seek toxicology tests. Results of those tests could take six weeks to obtain.

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

CBS News correspondent Michelle Gielan says Johnson reportedly had problems with drugs and alcohol, and she led an extremely troubled life.

In 2007, reports Gielan, the heiress adopted her now-three-year-old daughter Ava from Kazakhstan, but she lost custody to her mother in 2009 when she was found to be living in squalor.

Johnson, a high school classmate of fellow socialite Paris Hilton, told Vanity Fair in a 2006 interview that her decision to turn down Hilton's invitation to be her co-star on "The Simple Life" was "the stupidest mistake of my life." Hilton eventually chose Nicole Richie. "I kick myself in the butt every day," Johnson told the magazine.

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