Virginia Nebab, the nanny for the family from the 2012 documentary “Queen of Versailles,” has spoken out. Victoria Siegel, who was found dead at the age of 18, had become distant from her family in recent weeks, the nanny told the U.K.’s Daily Mail in an exclusive report Tuesday.
“I loved her like my child,” she said of Siegel. “The last time I speak to her on the phone she said, ‘Goodbye I love you.’ That's what she was like, so loving.” Instead of traveling with the family for a vacation in Park City, Utah, and Las Vegas, she stayed home. She was found unresponsive in the family home Saturday.
Though the cause of death has yet to be confirmed, a family spokesperson said she struggled with prescription drug use and unwillingly went to rehab as recently as two weeks before her death. “I didn't know what was wrong with her. She was in no trouble,” Nebab said.
The nanny said she was shocked by the death and described the young woman as an independent person who always smiled. "You want to wash her clothes she say, 'No. I'll do it.' You want to make her food. She say, 'No I make it.' And she was so quiet. Before she was always smiling and would say 'hello' to me in the kitchen,” Nebab told the Daily Mail.
It is “likely” Siegel ingested one or more drugs before her death, attorney Michael Marder told the Associated Press. “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," Marder said.
As for the Siegel family, who appeared on “Celebrity Wife Swap” last week, "They are hurt, deeply wounded, and they are grieving," Marder said in the statement. "Victoria was a beautiful spirit with a wonderful smile who was greatly loved, and will be deeply missed."
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