Casey Johnson: Drama Surrounds Me

Heiress' troubled life remembered
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 10:50 AM CST
Updated Jan 5, 2010 10:56 AM CST
Casey Johnson: Drama Surrounds Me
In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, Casey Johnson arrives at the grand opening of Apple Lounge in West Hollywood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Casey Johnson’s premature death caps a lifetime of trouble that the heiress herself summed up in a 2006 Vanity Fair piece: “Drama seems to kind of surround me.” Peter Davis, who first met Johnson a decade ago as a leather-clad “Chapin girl” who idolized Marilyn Monroe, recalls her wealthy upbringing, addiction struggles, and romantic entanglements in the Daily Beast.

One friend says Johnson—cut off by her family—“was probably the only girl that I knew growing up that could understand the concept of having so many material possessions and then having it taken away.” Her death comes just a month after ex-girlfriend Courtenay Semel told the New York Post, “She needs to get serious help. But what worries me is that she will hit rock bottom before she does that.”
(More Casey Johnson stories.)

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