"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..." reads the latest OfficialTila (Tequila) tweet. And in some ways, we agree. It all seems to be over too soon, this crazy narrative that only entered the public discourse a month or so ago.
It began with news that a crazy socialite had broken into her ex-girlfriend's apartment, nabbed a bunch of clothes and left a used vibrator as her calling card. Who was this charming girl? Her name was Casey Johnson, heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, lesbian socialite, and the original sidekick chosen to star with Paris Hilton on The Simple Life.
Next thing we knew, she had proposed to reality television star Tila Tequila, found herself stripped of her trust fund and battling her parents for custody of her adopted Kazakhi daughter. Pregnant Tila Tequila Interferes in Custody Battle
"I'm still in shock!," Tila tweets. "Once again thank U for the outpour of love and support. I just wish to have some privacy at this heartbreaking time. R.I.P my Angel. @caseyjonsonJnJ u will forever be in my heart! I love u so so much and we will Marry when I see U in Heaven my Wifey..."
It was a shocking death that we all could have seen coming. Dead at only thirty, she was found in her West Hollywood apartment a few days after an apparent prescription drug overdose (or in celebrity speak, natural causes).
Then again, she did have a history of diabetes and may have found herself into a diabetic coma, which TMZ suggests and would make sense with another Tila tweet: "I just got news that my fiance is not dead but currently in a coma!!! Omg please pray that she will make it! Hang in there my love please!!!"
In life, she was known for many things — her hard-partying, profligate ways, her sweet spirit — but mostly as "a lost little girl who just wanted to be loved," says Popeater's Rob Shuter, who had lunch with Casey about eight months ago.
"Unlike Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, who have found happiness, Casey always seemed a troubled soul," he said, adding that Johnson "had a difficult relationship with her family's huge wealth — loving the life it gave her but making everything she did feel worthless. She had the 'why bother' attitude. Nothing she ever did could live up to what her family had done. She once described her family money as the 'golden handcuffs,' which made me really sad. She was the ultimate little lost rich girl."
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