NEW YORK — The following is a statement by Jesse Derris, spokesman for the Johnson family, regarding Casey Johnson:
“The Johnson family wishes to thank everyone who has expressed condolences and support during this trying time. Your thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated.
“The family has arranged for Casey to be flown back east to her final resting place. There will be a private funeral service later this week for the immediate family.
“The family asks for a measure of privacy over the next several days as they mourn their loss. No other information will be released at this time.
“For the many who have asked what they can do to honor Casey’s memory, we ask simply that you consider making a donation to the Casey Johnson Memorial at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (www.jdrf.org). Casey struggled throughout her life fighting this disease, and she would want to see all of us continue that fight on her behalf.”