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  • Diabetes likely a contributing factor in Casey Johnson's death, source says

    Casey Johnson arrives at Los Angeles Confidential Magazine Newest Issue Party in West Hollywood, Calif. on Jan. 24, 2008. (AP)

    Casey Johnson arrives at Los Angeles Confidential Magazine Newest Issue Party in West Hollywood, Calif. on Jan. 24, 2008. (AP)

    Casey Johnson’s death at age 30 makes her the latest in a string of young Hollywood stars to die suddenly in recent months.

    Celebrity deejay and reality star DJ AM overdosed on a combination of illegal and prescription drugs, including crack cocaine and Oxycontin, on August 28, 2009. He was 36.

    Actress Brittany Murphy died at age 32 on December 20, 2009, after which several bottles of prescription medications were found in her home. (Her cause of death has yet to be released by the coroner’s office.)

    SLIDESHOW: Casey Johnson’s short life in the fast lane.

    Now a source who has been briefed on the Casey Johnson matter tells that her diabetes may have been a contributing factor in the Johnson & Johnson heiress’s death.

    “Casey had very severe diabetes and was not taking care of herself properly,” the source told “With her condition she should have been closely monitoring her health, taking insulin, monitoring blood sugar levels, and she wasn’t.”

    RELATED: Heiress Casey Johnson dies at age 30.

    Johnson also had a long history of substance abuse.

    The source said Johnson’s fiancee Tila Tequila, who blogged repeatedly on Monday about Johnson, hadn’t spoken to her for days before Johnson’s body was found in her rented Hollywood Hills home.

    “When Tila was blogging about Casey being in a coma, Casey was at the morgue, and Tila has no idea what she’s talking about,” said the insider. “She was never in a coma, she was found dead at the house.”

    SLIDESHOW: Casey Johnson’s bisexual fiancee Tila Tequila.

    Tila Tequila posted three conflicting messages on her Twitter account on Monday. The first read;

    “Everyone please pray 4 my Wifey Casey Johnson. She has passed away. Thank u for all ur love and support but I will be offline to be w family.”

    Hours later, Tequila wrote: “just got news that my fiance is not dead but currently in a coma!!! . . . I’m almost home baby please hang on!”

    RELATED: Tila Tequila says she’s pregnant with brother’s baby.

    Soon after, she changed her story again: “R.I.P. my Angel. I love you so much and we will Marry when I see U in Heaven my Wifey.”

    While the LAPD said they did not suspect foul play in Johnson’s death, her cause of death has yet to be determined.

    A Johnson family spokesman released a statement saying, “The Johnson family is mourning its tragic loss, and asks for privacy during this very difficult time.”

    - Jana Winter

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