Teenage Daughter of 'Queen of Versailles' Stars Found Dead of Reported Drug Overdose

By McCarton Ackerman 06/08/15

Victoria Siegel, 18, was found unresponsive by the family’s housekeeper on June 6.

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One of the teenage daughters of Queen of Versailles stars David and Jackie Siegel was found dead over the weekend from a reported drug overdose, tragically showing that addiction does not discriminate based on wealth.

ClickOrlando reported that Victoria Siegel, 18, was found unresponsive by the family’s housekeeper on June 6. Sheriff’s deputies rushed to the family’s $65 million home on Green Island Cove and transported her to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities are still working to determine the exact cause of death, but the website reported that it was due to a drug overdose.

“It is with great sadness that we ask you to respect our privacy during this tragic time and the loss of our beloved daughter, Victoria,” wrote Jackie on Facebook. “As more information comes out the family will share it, until that time there is no comment.”

David, 80, is the billionaire founder of timeshare company Westgate Resorts. He and Jackie received plenty of unflattering press for their role in the 2012 documentary Queen of Versailles, which followed their attempt to build the largest and most elaborate single-family home in America. The project began in 2004 and is finally set to be finished next year, but the 90,000 square-foot property has already been valued between $65-75 million.

The couple was portrayed as possession-obsessed, shallow, and narcissistic, with David shown verbally berating Jackie on several occasions. Victoria was the only one of their children that showed an interest in living a normal life.

“Victoria kind of made herself more important by what happens in the end,” said director Lauren Greenfield. “She’s this prepubescent, awkward, shy, slightly overweight girl and by the end she’s this beautiful young woman who is somehow self-realized. [She’s] the only one who stands up to her dad and kind of says to her mom, ‘Why aren’t you standing up to him?’”

Jackie appeared earlier this month on the ABC reality show Celebrity Wife Swap and was portrayed as an absentee parent. She admitted her staff does much of the child rearing and that despite being a mother to eight kids, she had never taken care of an infant alone before.

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