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Casey Johnson's body coming back east for funeral

Socialite Casey Johnson attends a launch party for

Socialite Casey Johnson attends a launch party for "The 72 Names of God," a book by Rabbi Yehuda Berg on April 24, 2003 in Manhattan. Photo Credit: Getty Images, 2003

The body of socialite and Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson will be flown east for a private funeral, a family spokesman said Wednesday according to the Associated Press.

Johnson, 30, will be laid to rest later this week in a service attended by immediate family, family spokesman Jesse Derris said.

He declined to provide the location or any additional details. 

Johnson was found dead Monday in the home where she lived behind wooden gates bearing the name "Grumblenot."

Several years ago, Johnson, the Johnson & Johnson heiress and daughter of Jets owner Woody Johnson, turned down a chance to be Paris Hilton's co-star on "The Simple Life" reality TV show.

It was a decision that she would later characterize in a 2006 Vanity Fair article as "the stupidest mistake of my life." Hilton then picked Nicole Richie for the show, which began airing in 2003.

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Instead of following Hilton, her high school classmate, Johnson chose her own path. In recent years, Johnson tweeted about her sex life, made out with women on the red carpet and publicly accused her aunt of seducing her boyfriend.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles police said there were no signs of foul play in Johnson's death and it was unclear if diabetes may have played a role. The 30-year-old was diagnosed with diabetes as a child and had volunteered for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

"We continue to inquire into prior medical history," Craig R. Harvey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles coroner's office, said in an e-mail.

An autopsy Tuesday found no evidence of trauma on Johnson's body and a determination of the cause of death was deferred pending toxicological tests and microscopic studies.

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Johnson recently announced her engagement to reality television star Tila Tequila in an online video, the two lounging in lingerie as Tequila flashed what she called a "17-carat" ring.

Tequila Tuesday wrote on Twitter: "I can't stop these haunting visions of her and I. We made such a lovely couple, only beginning to spend the rest of our lives together."

Friends including Hilton and Lindsay Lohan also voiced their grief on Twitter.

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

Johnson's death came after a tumultuous year that included a November arrest after Jasmine Lennard, a reality TV star and model, accused Johnson of stealing $22,000 in lingerie, jewelry and other items. Johnson pleaded not guilty last month to charges of burglary and receiving stolen property.

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.

Johnson told the New York Observer in 2000 that she injected herself with insulin every day and often had to lie in bed for hours if her blood sugar was too high or too low.

"When you're diagnosed with a disease at an early age, you're forced to grow up," she said.

- With AP

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