Victoria Siegel, the 18-year-old daughter of the stars of the larger-than-life The Queen of Versailles documentary, has been found dead at her parents 65 million dollar mansion this weekend.
The second eldest of Jackie and David Siegel's brood of eight children was found unresponsive by sheriff's deputies at the Seagull Island mansion on Green Island Cove at around 2 p.m. on Saturday. She was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to deputies.
The cause of Victoria's death has not yet been determined by a medical professional, although Click Orlando reported that the teenager of died of a drug overdose before later deleting the statement.
This tragic loss of young life has been confirmed by Victoria's mother, Jackie Siegel, who posted the following statement on her Facebook page:
"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. Thank you all for your prayers and for your support.
As more information comes out the family will share it, until that time there is no comment."
Victoria's father, David Siegel - the billionaire founder of the timeshare company Westgate Resorts - has not yet made a public statement. Sheriff Jeff Williamson told the press that:
"The victim's father has informed investigators that he will be making a statement in the coming days regarding the death of his daughter, and is requesting privacy at this time."
Jackie and David Siegel rose to fame when the took part in a documentary by Lauren Greenfield that followed them in their quest to build the largest house in America. During filming, the economic crisis hit the Siegel's hard and they were forced to dissolve a large portion of their timeshare business and put their dream house on hold due to financial difficulties.
The Siegel family have faced criticism for allowing their large staff to raise their eight children while neglecting to give them enough parental attention, but it's also worth noting that they adopted the child of a troubled family member and raised her as their own daughter.
As a huge fan of this documentary, I remember Victoria as a sweet teenage girl who did her utmost to pull her family together when they were under enormous stress, including confronting her formidable father for being rude to her mother and siblings.
If you are interesting in watching The Queen of Versailles, it's available on Netflix and you can view the trailer below: