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What Killed Tila Tequila's Lover, Heiress Casey Johnson?

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Casey Johnson -- Tila Tequila's fiancée and Johnson & Johnson heiress -- partied with Paris Hilton, posed for paparazzi, and aspired to be famous.

Photo: Casey Johnson, left, and reality star Tila Tequila in a webcast.

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She even died young like her idol Marilyn Monroe. But what exactly killed the 30-year-old socialite whose dead body was found in her Hollywood home Monday?

Police have said there was no evidence of foul play. On Monday, the celebrity site RadarOnline said Tequila believed a prescription drug overdose might have been to blame, according to an unnamed source.

Photo: Casey Johnson.

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On Tuesday, Los Angeles medical examiners said an autopsy was inconclusive.

Johnson was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, but it was unclear if that had a role in her death.

Photo: Casey Johnson and Tila Tequila embrace.

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Johnson's body was found Monday in her home behind big wooden gates bearing the name "Grumblenot" in a quiet West Hollywood neighborhood.

Long before Johnson's premature death, there were signs of trouble in tabloid tales of a life of privilege seemingly spinning out of control.

Photo: Casey Johnson in West Hollywood, Calif., Aug. 14, 2008.

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Johnson was facing criminal charges alleging she burglarized a friend's home - charges she denied, reportedly had her adopted daughter taken away by her mother, and once publicly accused her father's sister of seducing her boyfriend.

Johnson was the daughter of New York Jets owner Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson IV. He is also chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and co-authored the book, "Managing Your Child's Diabetes."

Woody Johnson learned of his daughter's death a day after his team clinched an NFL playoff spot for the first time in three seasons.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan opened his press conference Tuesday by offering condolences to the owner. "It's obviously a tragedy for Mr. Johnson and his family," Ryan said.

Casey Johnson had no role in the health care products company that her great-great-grandfather founded in 1886, even though she and her two younger sisters were heirs to the fortune. The family's involvement with the corporation ended decades ago.

Like her friend and former high school classmate Paris Hilton, Johnson's exploits were detailed in tabloid reports of partying and sexual escapades. Johnson became a staple of the New York Post's Page Six, the gossip column where she was mockingly dubbed the "baby-oil heiress."

She was one of the subjects of the 2002 Manhattan documentary "It Girls," but screen fame eluded her.

Johnson 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" reality show was "the stupidest mistake of my life."

In a Twitter posting Tuesday, Hilton said she was devastated by the death of her friend.

"In bed crying, looking at baby pictures of Casey, Nicky and I. I feel so upset. I feel like I've lost a sister. My heart is broken. Miss her," she wrote.

At the end of 2009, Johnson started a romantic relationship with Internet and reality TV star Tila Tequila.

Tequila's rise from the Internet to television owed much to her near constant Web casting of her own life via video, Twitter, and MySpace. Her relationship with Johnson was no exception.

The pair appeared in a Dec. 2009 webcast in which the scantily clad couple were canoodling and announced they were engaged. Tequila showed off a giant ring. In Twitter posts, Tequila referred to Johnson as "my Wifey." Johnson called Tila her addiction and live Tweeted one of their sexual encounters.

Johnson was recently arrested in Los Angeles on charges that she broke into the home of a former lover, fashion model Jasmine Lennard, and allegedly stole $22,000 in lingerie, mail, jewelry and other items.

She pleaded not guilty last month to burglary and receiving stolen property, and had a preliminary hearing scheduled on Feb. 2, district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said.

Johnson also was reportedly in a custody fight over her adopted daughter with her mother, Sale Johnson.

Casey Johnson adopted the child as a baby from Kazakhstan in 2007 and named her Ava-Monroe after her idol, Marilyn Monroe.

"I see a lot of similarities between us," Casey said about Monroe in the 2006 Vanity Fair interview. "Her life makes me sad. I don't think she was very happy.

"They thought she was some dumb blonde, and she wasn't. She was a smart, smart broad. And I think that sometimes people look at me and think, 'Oh, Casey Johnson, she's stupid, she's blonde, she's an heiress, blah, blah, blah."'

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