Famous Heirs/Heiress: 12 Forgotten Tragedies
While many of us assume that all wealthy people lived charmed lives, that isn’t always the case. For some people, money comes with problems. We have a list of 12 famous heirs and heiresses who were born exceedingly wealthy, but who suffered some serious tragedies that have long since been forgotten.
12. Casey Johnson
Casey Johnson was the heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune and a friend of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. While her family is worth billions (her dad Woody owns the New York Jets), she was living in squalor in a house on Mulholland Drive that had no electricity and was infested with rats after her parents had cut her off in an attempt to force her to go to rehab and deal with her drug and alcohol issues. In January 2010, she was found dead in her apartment by her maid days after she passed. Casey, a diabetic, died of “diabetic ketoacidosis,” a condition caused by a shortage of insulin. She was just 30 years old.
11. Edie Sedgwick
Edie Sedgwick was born into a wealthy and prominent New England family with her father’s side having a connection to the signing of the declaration of independence and her mother’s family earning their money through the Southern Pacific Railroad. Before she rose to fame as Andy Warhol’s superstar, she was hospitalized for anorexia. Following her break with Warhol, she spent the rest of her short life struggling with drug addiction and mental illness and was institutionalized on multiple occasions. She died suddenly at the age of 28 of a barbiturate overdose.