Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Lets Talk About Casey Johnson


First, I want to thank everyone who sent me e-mails yesterday alerting me to the fact Casey Johnson was found dead yesterday. I was going to do a post late in the afternoon yesterday and then decided it could wait. Why? Well she is not really famous is she? I'm so sorry she died and so sorry for her daughter who will never really know her mom, but I'm shocked by the number of sites (100 at last count) that have written thousands of words about her and the constant updates from TMZ. Did I miss something here? It seems to me the only reason she is famous is because she is the ex-girlfriend of Courtenay Semel, stole some stuff from another F list celebrity and was engaged for 5 minutes to Tila Tequila (who needs to STFU and let the family grieve). Yes, she was an heir to the Johnson & Johnson money, but I am guessing that if the latter two gossipy things didn't happen no one other than the New York newspapers would have paid attention to the fact she passed away. She did nothing to earn fame but here she is being talked about constantly for the past 18 hours. This is the same process that has made all these other people famous for no reason. Hello Kardashian family.

I think it is tragic she died, and I am so grateful she has parents who can raise her daughter. I am appalled someone let her adopt a child but am glad her parents cared enough to do take charge when they needed to.

Ms. Cool sent me this link to a Vanity Fair article about Casey Johnson from three years ago. It is worth a read.

55 comments:

Unknown said...

Hey Ent!

wish you a healthy, wealthy and happy new year.

This beeing said, a small question about drugs in Hwood and LA. Maybe you have the insights and you may want to tell us something about it.

If police knows how many heirs, socialites, stars and starlets are taking drugs, why aren´t them following this well known meeting points. The newbie assistant is able to buy drugs and deliver them to the users.
There are binges after binges, sometimes well documented with pics and stuff. It would be the easiest thing to bring some undercover cops as assistants into those environments and bust some real big ass. This would maybe take out some big A-listers for a while, but there are enough on the cusp left to fill in, plus, some botox faces are unable to be in movies for a while anyway.

So its known that in drug related issues one have to follow the money trail.

Just not going after them because they want the big fish is no real excuse, because A-Listers are huge clients, right? one of them buys more in a week than a normal user in a year. Cut ten of them out and the busted ones will either point the next level out, or the profits plunging will lead to the dealers or bosses to pressure around for more income and in doing so, deliver more exposure...


So the question is: who is profiting (except the dealers) from not going after them huge users and how exactly or what exactly are they profiting from this?


Many people in law enforcement dabbled in acting or related business long enough to have good insights, Hell, Schwarzenegger was an actor too, so he knows how all is working...


this i would really like to know.... Maybe you answer this – eventually later on as an anonymous poster if you feel like its better for you ...
:-)


thinking further,

if in the LA area, the B+/A- dealers are taken out on a fairly regular basis, wouldn´t this disrupt a lot - even whithout taking mr. big fish into consideration? This would be a nice movie to make. Take all these dealers out over a period of two-three years, release them on the same day and then follow how they all "applying" for the old job they once held at different times. :-)

jax said...

we are talking prescription drugs here...not heroin. it is all but impossible to hold a doc accountable for a prescription he wrote under false pretenses, unbeknown to him.

KellyLynn said...

People like the Kardashians, Casey, Tia Tequila have become famous because of these 24-hour news/gossip sites needing a constant stream of "news" to keep people coming to their sites. If the internet sites were like newspapers, and only had a limited space to fill and time to fill it, there would be a lot less celbutardism in this world.

Just sayin'.

Beth said...

Thank you Enty. I had never, ever heard of Casey until a few weeks ago when you published something about her & the tequila chick.

Unknown said...

This morning on my local news I heard a Hollywood STAR had died...and it is Casey Johnson...I was like....um..when did she become a Hollywood Star...I had never even heard of her until she got "engaged" to Tila Tequila...

I mean use term term Hollywood Star when referring to someone like Matt Damon, Robert Redford, etc....not some heiress no one had really heard of

ballyhoo. said...

last night i read the vf article about her and i agree enty, that she would not have been famous probably anywhere but nyc if it weren't for the dildo and the tramp.

i have to say though, to someone who is just a normal, everyday person sitting in my office crunching numbers all day her story is pretty fascinating. to someone who lives paycheck to paycheck it is intriguing to think about someone who has not wanted for anything in her life in a materialistic sense but ultimately could not find peace. i'm sure she thought she had found some purpose to her life when she took that trip with her aunt and eventually adopted her daughter, but you can't buy fulfillment and that's why her story is so tragic like many others we've read about and surely will in the future.

it always makes me feel lucky to go home at night to my cramped (cozy thankyouverymuch) little apartment with my family when i see that even if i had the money to pay off my debts or put my daughter in a private school it would still be up to me to make my life meaningful. and as harsh as this will sound i feel lucky that if i died it would probably be a matter of hours, not days, before someone noticed.

very sad story, i hope her family can find some peace now.

Unknown said...

drugs, prescription drugs, in the Johnson and Johnson company there are many more drugs not even known or approved yet, but its drugs. this is why i jumped to a general question.

And ultimately, to preserve the clean image they forget the previously massive amounts of drugs. Strange enough: Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Casey Johnson, Anna Nicole, who are the few passed away were known for thei rparty going ways. And at the end, it was oh, just prescription drugs.

And here, again, the amounts they get their hands on easily surpass the label of prescription... again a known fact... but heres a clear winner - the prescribing doc.

KellyLynn said...

Well said, ballyhoo. I totally agree.

Lori said...

I think Casey was better known in NYC before all of this Kardashian/Hilton/reality fame whore craziness came to be. I met her in 2001 or 2002 when she was working as a magazine beauty editor and I was a beauty publicist. She had always been kind of elusive and never had come to any of our launch events, but she was interested in this skin care line I pitched, and came to meet with me and the client. She was clearly different than any of the other beauty editors I worked with (def an LA socialite, and not a NYC-driven writer), but she was nothing but sweet and professional. I think she even wrote about the line. I'm sure she had her troubles even then, but not to the extent that we've seen in the last couple of years. Anyway, that's my good memory of her and how I will remember her.

Sporky said...

More proof that money doesn't buy happiness. I may be barely able to cover my bills this month, but I have true love in my life, something it seems this girl never had. Hope she finds the peace that eluded her in life.

And yep, Tila Tequila really needs to STFU already. I'm so sick of her and her Shortround-in-drag face.

jax said...

right and in all those cases they ALL had multiple scripts from multiple docs...as i said before there is not much that can be done...hence why it is soo easy to get. it's not just LA,drug addicts will find a way. they always do. change the system,its not about criminal activity,its addiction.

__-__=__ said...

Another clear winner - rehab clinics. That's a big business these days.

lionsden said...

This is very sad. I never met her but know someone who knows her family.
From what I understand, she was very nice and sweet but fell in with the wrong crowd.

sunnyside1213 said...

Do the police think this was drug related. I keep reading natural causes.

Unknown said...

I had one experience with her and it was the total opposite -- she was an unbelievable c*nt. She showed up about 45 minutes late for an appointment and therefore had to wait, so she went ballistic - was told police would be called if she didn't calm down. This was in NYC 8 or 9 year ago. Nice and sweet? I didn't see it.

Unknown said...

all these celeb deaths are scary. This prescription drug death rate is getting out of control. I recently stopped taking pain meds after almost 3 years of daily use due to a car accident. It was the hardest two weeks of my life and the recovery is not easy BUT if you love life get off the meds!

Rose said...

Dsch- Known by who? Do you honestly think Casey was on the PD's radar? I do get your point but it's pretty impossible to get something done about an addict. I used to be married to one who used illegal substances and even if I invited the police in to my home they couldn't search him. Guess where the drugs were?

It's really, really, really hard! Very devastating to her family & friends. It's very sad that she had been dead for days and her fiance used the time to make up stories about her being in a coma for some attention.

Aimée said...

What i'm intrigued about is that she was apparently dead for a few days before she was found. Where was her "loving fiancee" during that time? Personally i'd notice and get a bit concerned if i hadn't heard from my fiancee (If i had one) in that long.

Casey said...

Prescription drugs are still drugs - my mother took a medication for her epilepsy which scrambled her brain permenantly, and my younger sister is an addict, with many prescriptions from different doctors.

The Kardashians, as well as Tila Tequila and Casey Johnson, are famous because people actual watch the TV shows, or up the hits on the websites which talk about them. You can't blame these outlets for being the supply end of the food chain. For whatever reason, people like to read about this stuff.

iheartjacksparrow said...

I had never heard of Casey until very recently. But in looking at photos of her, I notice she looks so much older than she actually was. Whether drugs or partying was the cause, it certainly aged her.

nancer said...

prescription drug abuse is rampant. it's not just in El Lay---those are just the ones who get the most ink.

i bet most everyone here knows someone who takes too much shit----that they get from doctors. until people understand that just because you got it legally doesn't mean you're not a drug addict, this will never change.

this country is awash in drugs. you feel bad? take this. can't sleep? take that. nervous? here's something for that. want to lose weight? how about some of this?

oh, and all 'natural causes' means is that there were no outward signs of foul play. it doesn't mean it's 'natural' that she died. the tox report will say it all---that and her blood chemistry since she was diabetic and didn't monitor her condition.

califblondy said...

I read the NY Post every morning (while waiting for Ent's posts) so I've read about her the last few years.

Sometimes I wonder if the "illegal" stuff is better than the "legal?"

califblondy said...

Well maybe better wasn't a good choice of words, but you know what I mean

Rose said...

I understand what you mean Cali. The illegal stuff will wreck your life just as much but the overdoes seem to happen from alcohol/rx drugs.

The way one article described her house as in shambles, with the electricity off, rats, and the pool green sounds like the way a meth addict might live. Meth addiction may kill you in a few years but I'm not sure you would overdose on it. IDK.

Unknown said...

you are totally right nancer.

The hardest part about getting off the prescription drugs after the dope sickness ends is that you can't just take a pill and make everything better. I have to actually go to the source of the issue and really fix it instead of taking something to mask it. Its much easier in pill form ( seemingly ) until they rule your life and you can't go a day without one. I am currently OFF Prosac OFF Vicodin/Percocet and OFF Ambien. Cold turkey all at once. Now back to my regular life...

dj said...

first and foremost, i'm sorry for her family that she passed away; and i'm sorry for her that her life was in turmoil. famewhoring/f-list/d-list/tila/kardashians - all that shit aside, it is terrible that she died alone and that no one even noticed she was gone for days.

if "fame" mattered in what got posted on here - i'd think we'd never see another gosselin or lohan picture.

feraltart said...

Further to Dschingis comments. My brother is an alcoholic, and we had him live with us for 7 months in 2009. One night I invited him along for trivia. Stone cold sober when I got home. He left the house at 4pm to get milk and bread, when I told him we were right to go at 6:25pm he appeared drunk. I grilled him about it and he denied it, but I could tell. Anyway we went to trivia and my friend got out of him that he had drunk a 4 litre cask of wine before we had left home. I didn't even know, because I wasn't expecting that.

Addicts won't get help. My family has been dealing with my brother's addiction for 20 years. My parents tried therapy, AA, hard love, soft love, you name it. My husband and I have just gone through the same thing. Our reward was for my brother to go on a binge on the 4th December, abuse my father and we haven't heard from him since.

The legal drugs can be worse than the illegal ones, because unless you do something illegal, like drink driving, the police and family have no recourse. You cannot make an adult go to rehab, but you can change the locks on your house.

Unknown said...

Cheers to that DJ

figgy said...

I'll bet Tila Tequila is very very veeeeerrrry sad she didn't get to get her filthy little paws on the Johnson money. Her posts to the effect of "Casey is so wealthy!" were absolutely nauseating.

lmnop123 said...

I gather from the comments that I read all over the internet that most people can identify with drug abusers, prescription or otherwise.

In contrast they have very little to absolutely zero sympathy for alcohol abusers or obese people.


It's understandable now that the standard cause of untimely death for celebrities is from "accidental prescription drug overdose". Way to go celebs. at least you died with plenty of support!

FrenchGirl said...

all i can say is sad to die so young !

lmnop123 said...

Oh and feralfart, sorry about your brother.

MCH said...

@ Ballyhoo - Great post
Helps keep things in perspective for sure when you read about someone like Casey.

Interesting Vanity Fair article....
her idol was Marilyn Monroe....her fiance, Tila Tequila.

Very sad for her family.

Maja With a J said...

It is a sad and tragic story but like many of you, I had no idea who she was until a few weeks ago.

As far as drug use goes, prescription or otherwise, it's a lot more common than a lot of people think. If you want drugs, finding them is not hard, and if you happen to be rich and wanting drugs, you could have a pretty much endless supply. When it comes to prescription drugs, it's really scary because you might be taking a few different kinds, and they work together. Then you add a couple of regular Tylenols into the mix and it ends up killing you.

Sporky said...

Yeah, why DIDN'T Tila Gonorrhea check on her supposed fiancee?? Hmmm...

Majik said...

Aimee.....I was thinking the same thing.

Ever the morose gal, I read that Casey was a huge twitter whore and made her last tweet on Dec 29 @ 1:13 am--meaning she likely didn't make it to NYE--where were Tila's "where's my wifey" posts? Hmmmm? Also, I checked Tila's tweets right after and she made three tweets to the effect of "she's alive, she's in a coma, pray for her" which have now been mysteriously removed. Double hmmmmm.

God, I would LOVE to be a detective in Hollywood.

Selock said...

o true...is it sad that I thought the Twiiter-trend silence that greeted her demise was the big indicator of how out-of-sync the media coverage was?

It's extremely sad, though. I feel for her family in their time of tragedy, I am sure they've been enduring it for some time now leading up to the death. RIP.

Ms Cool said...

I didn't remember who she was until I saw that she died. I read that Vanity Fair article and she did not sound like a nice person - she probably had some potential beneath her smug, self-centered entitlement but with friends like Paris, Lindsay and Tila, she didn't stand much of a chance. Despite her protests against the paparazzi and tabloids, I think in death she has gotten what she truly wanted - notoriety and fame.

The sad victims are the child and the family that has acquiesced to her nonsense for decades.

Did you know she fired her nanny (because what non-working adult doesn't have a need for a nanny) and wanted to go to a party so she had a friend watch her little girl. She then didn't pick up the girl for 10 DAYS. That alone puts her on the mentally disturbed or evil list.

Caroline said...

Casey's life - and death - are ultimately fascinating to us because of everything she could have had and wasted. Most of us can't even fathom the amount of money and resources available to this woman her entire life. Instead of living a good life with it - following her passion, creating philanthropical organizations, creating beauty in the world - she chose to live a life of drugs, scandal and ugliness. It's no coincidence she was first choice to be Paris Hilton's sidekick in that odious show, which Nicole Ritchie ultimately took.

Susan said...

I hope this woman rests in peace.

But I have to say this whole debaucle pisses me off.

She had so much money and opportunity to be a good person and help the world, but instead she spent a life of drugging, buying boatloads of stuff, getting in fights/brawls/spats and just focusing on really stupid, vapid self-absorbed bullshit.

It's a shame she was on such a downward spiral.

And this Tila Tequila bitch needs to shut the fuck up and go far, far away back into obscurity so that our subjection to her "deep thoughts" on Twitter can abruptly end. Such a fucking idiot.

feraltart said...

Hi not on my dollar,
Thanks for your thoughts. It does mean a lot when someone reaches out. And I love that everyone is so intelligent, open and sharing on this site. My favourite of all time.

WednesdayFriday said...

Beautiful words, Ballyhoo. I wholeheartedly agree.

mikey said...

Casey, with her parents help, wrote a book about managing diabetes in children. From what I have heard she was not very good about about taking care of her own diabetic condition. Drugs, alcohol and diabetes is a deadly combination.

RocketQueen said...

Well said Caroline and Ballyhoo.

Regardless, sad to be dead for days without anyone giving a f*ck, if that's what happened. You all know Tila's gonna ride the news of this complete with finger pointing the way Courtney Love rides anything that'll keep her relevant.

chihuahuense said...

yeah, I just wanted to say that Ballyhoo is spot on. Thank you, I loved all of these comments.

libby said...

Enty, one reason the NY papers would mention her is that she is the daughter of the owner of the New York Football Jets. A sports owner in NY is automatically a big celebrity. But he happens to also be Robert Wood Johnson, of the 'Robert Wood Johnson Foundation'.

libby said...

BTW, Casey's dad is the 4th 'RWJ', but he goes by Woody.

I like football.

Gypsytrill said...

So, her parents are left to raise her adopted daughter. What a great idea, considering they did such a good job raising her and all.....

lmnop123 said...

Wow I just found out her mother is now married to Ahmad Rashad. Ahmad was married to Phylicia Rashad (she played Claire on the Cosby Show).

Anonymous said...

@ Ballyhoo: I live in NYC and have never heard of her, but for the headlines referring to "dildo and the tramp" .

I'm almost sorry I clicked on this, as I've stopped (like an addict) clicking on the posts for those who are famous for nothing, but this seemed ABOUT that so I thought I'd add my two cents.

Watching these people is like feeding the trolls on websites. It's a waste of time better spent some other way, and only feeds their never exponentially growing appetite for attention.

I will now get off of my soapbox. "Jersey Shore" is on and I loves me some Snookie! Hey! I have ideals -they're "ideals" because they're hard to attain! : )

Judi said...

Ditto Susan's post. And Casey was certainly slumming again when she hooked up with Tila.

Lissa THEEE Pissa said...

Enty~ I read your posts backwards, as I am a working mother of 4 and only have time to catch up at night. I had already eluded to this in an earlier post because it honestly disturbed me. Her death doesn't bother me because of who she was, but rather, who she represents. Each generation gets worse and worse. It's 2010. "High Society" really IS like something out of a Sci-Fi set in the future. I feel horribly for my youngest sisters and my daughters. I suppose I even feel sorry for my son, but he is only 3...

amanda rae said...

miss-

I know you will do awesome with your recovery, and having been addicted to Oxycontin (prescribed by a Dr) I can totally understand what you're going through. I've been clean since March and it gets better every day. The hardest thing for me is dealing with my crippling stomach pain (which was what the Oxys were prescribed for), but I just have to eat better and WORK to be healthy, instead of just taking a pill. Taking the pills was easier, but I am infinitely healthier and happier now, even with the stomach issues, so it's worth it. I do miss the feeling of being zoned out sometimes but I always remember how horrible it was and how a few minutes of being high was not worth the horrendous dope sickness, and it keeps me from going back. I am so proud of you and know how hard it is, but it can be done and you'll be just fine. The hardest thing for me was replacing my addictive beahviors (and I have always been that way) with more positive things, but if I can do it, ANYONE can. It's so not easy but it's so worth it. But you know this... :)

Oh! And SO MUCH RESPECT to you for doing it cold turkey. Jesus, that would have killed me! I was on methadone for almost 5 years because I was so terrified of being sick again, but I wasted so much money and 5 years of my life because I was so scared of the dope sickness and pain. I wish I had had your strength....

bionic bunny! said...

@ dschingis:
there are a couple of things you're really overlooking.
for one thing, the internet hasn't brought more of these people out, these people have ALWAYS been there. i don't think drugs and famewhores are any more prevalent now than they were in the early days of hollywood. just the opposite. it's simply that the internet makes information more ACCESSIBLE. just like TV did w/ viet nam.
also, there are simply not enough police to deal with these issues. there aren't enough to deal with gang violence, drive-bys, pedophiles, home invasions...
thirdly, i've seen addictive personalities work the system. i've seen NON addictive but severely depressed people work the system, just to hoard enough pills to try to off themselves. unless a doctor owns his own practice, his bosses push him to see x number of patients per day, so they just have to count on the patient's honesty and demeanor. hell, i've got 3 orthopaedists in one practice for 3 different issues. it would be fairly easy for me to get pretty decent shit from at least two of them, but i don't. i get all my meds from my primary. but then again, i live a whole sixty miles from hollywood! :)

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