Victoria Siegel struggled with an addiction to prescription drugs prior to her death, a family representative said on June 8.
Victoria Siegel, the 18-year-old daughter of Queen of Versailles documentary stars David Siegel and Jackie Siegel, was found unresponsive at about 2 p.m. on June 6 by a housekeeper at the family compound on Green Island Cove in Windermere, Florida.
She was transported to Health Central Hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. According to the family rep, the Siegel family was attending a wedding in Park City, Utah, when the incident occurred.
David and Jackie Siegel and their seven kids are “devastated and heartbroken by the loss of their beloved Victoria”.
The family’s representative said: “They are hurt, deeply wounded and they are grieving. Victoria was a beautiful spirit with a wonderful smile who was greatly loved, and will be deeply missed.” She “had a history of seizures and was prescribed medication for this condition. Unfortunately she became dependent and struggled with this condition. She voluntarily underwent rehabilitation and was working hard to address this problem,” the rep added.
David and Jackie Siegel had planned to return to Orlando on June 7, to begin a family cruise on June 8.
“David and Jacqueline were immediately notified and returned to Orlando the same day,” the family rep explained.
An autopsy had been performed and the cause of Victoria’s death is pending until other test results are received.
Autopsy reports could take about 10 to 12 weeks to complete.
The family rep also said: “It is likely that Victoria ingested one or more drugs prior to her death.”
“However, we cannot determine at this time whether or not the drugs she took were in fact prescribed medication, something else, or where and how these drugs may have been obtained.”
Jacqueline Siegel confirmed Victoria’s death via Facebook on June 7.
“The family is deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support that they have received and request that their privacy be respected while they mourn their loss,” the rep said.
The billionaire couple, David and Jackie Siegel, is best known for starring in Lauren Greenfield’s 2012 documentary, Queen of Versailles, which followed the couple as they built a second 90,000-square-foot mansion, called the Versailles House. The building could be finished by David Siegel’s 80th birthday in May 2016.
David and Jackie Siegel and their eight kids – including Victoria – most recently appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap on June 3.
Jackie Siegel, David Siegel’s wife who is better known as the much maligned subject of the riveting The Queen of Versailles documentary, has only one regret about her screen debut: she didn’t wear enough makeup.
Former Miss Florida Jackie Siegel, now 47, was captured on camera with her billionaire timeshare mogul husband trying to create the home of their dreams – a gaudy, over-the-top sprawling 90,000-square-foot mansion (the largest single family dwelling ever built in the U.S.) modeled on France’s 17th century Palace of Versailles.
And Jackie told TODAY show correspondent Janet Shamlian that she would have no hesitation in doing it all over again!
“What I would do different if I had known so many millions of people would be seeing it… is I would have worn more makeup,” Jackie Siegel explained.
Not surprisingly, the mother-of-eight from Windermere, Florida said she is hoping to land her own reality TV show once work on her humungous home is finally finished.
However, despite his larger-than-life wife’s penchant for starring in front of the camera, David Siegel, founder of Westgate Resorts, said he does not want to appear on TV.
Instead, David Siegel, 78, wants to finish construction on the mega-mansion that’s taken more than 5 years to build – following a financial crisis and recession that caused the project to be stalled and almost forced him into losing his business and title to the property – all of which ended up becoming the main focus of the documentary.
The property, 20 miles outside Orlando, will have a whopping 30 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms when completed and offer stunning views over Lake Butler.
David and Jackie Siegel were unhappy with the way they were portrayed in The Queen of Versailles documentary
All 23 bathrooms will have full-sized hot tubs, while the hand built windows cost more than $2 million. Bespoke materials have also been sourced from all over the world for the outrageous and overblown interior decor.
For the kids – a roller rink, children’s theater, bowling alley and three swimming pools are being created, while for the fitness-concerned two tennis courts will be installed.
Outside, there will be a large boat house, formal gardens, a one-story gatehouse, as well as an underground car park with space for 20 cars.
“We never sought out to build the biggest house in America. it’s just what kind of happened,” Jackie Siegel explained.
Now that the Siegels have taken the half-finished property off the market (they listed it for $65 million back in July last year) they are looking forward to completing the work.
“We’re finishing it to actually finish it. but we do want to live in there,” Jacqueline Siegel added.
As previously reported, David and Jacqueline Siegel were far from pleased with the way they were portrayed in the documentary, and accused the filmmakers of likening them to trashy reality TV stars.
In an official letter, obtained by RadarOnline.com to director Lauren Greenfield’s attorney, David Siegel claimed Jackie “didn’t hesitate to orchestrate unrealistic over-the-top scenes for entertainment purposes even when they vastly distorted day-to-day life. That’s why what you call a documentary, I call a Real Housewives Of Orlando pilot.”
The Queen of Versailles, grossed more than $2 million, and won several prestigious awards including the U.S. Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival.
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