Supporting each other in grief these are the Queen of Versailles stars Jackie and David Siegel at the funeral of their daughter, Victoria.
The couple made famous by the 2012 documentary ‘The Queen of Versailles’ laid Jackie’s eldest daughter to rest today at a ceremony at St Luke’s United Methodist Church, Orlando, Florida.
The cavalcade of hearses, flanked by police outriders, arrived at the church early afternoon where family and friends remembered the girl described by the family as ‘an earthly angel.’
A softhearted girl with a ‘hippy’ nature, known as Rikki to her friends, she dreamt of opening a sushi bar at the Cocoa Beach Pier and naming it Rikki Tikki Tavern.
Grief-stricken: Jackie and David Siegel leave the funeral service for their daughter Victoria, 18, who was found dead of a suspected drug overdose on Saturday
Mrs Siegel was dressed in black for the sad occasion, and was engulfed in many hugs by the attendees
Siegel appeared to capture the somber moment when her daughter’s casket was being placed into the hearse with her cameraphone
In lieu of flowers the family asked there be contributions made to the Victoria Siegel Memorial Fund to help troubled teens get the guidance and assistance they need to live a healthy and positive life
Support: Mourners offered their condolences to Jackie and David Siegel at the church near their home in Windermere, Florida
United family: Jackie Siegel with relatives and friends at the funeral in Florida today. Her daughter was just 18 when she died
Remembered: Victoria Siegel’s family released this image with her obituary in lasting memory of the teenager
Instead today at 2pm those who knew her best gathered to grieve her death aged just 18.
Victoria was alone in the Siegel family’s Seagull Island home in Green Cove Island, Windermere when she succumbed to a suspected overdose.
One of the family’s nannies was the only other person present in the vast Florida mansion at the time.
Victoria was found unresponsive at 2pm on Saturday 6 June and was taken to Health Central Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
An autopsy has been completed but it may take up to 10 weeks before toxicology results confirm what drugs Victoria had taken.
A spokesman for the family has revealed that the teenager was struggling with an addiction to prescription medications initially administered to her for childhood seizures.
In a written statement Tim Marsden stated: ‘The Siegel family is devastated and heartbroken by the loss of their beloved Victoria.
‘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.’
He continued: ‘Unfortunately she became dependent [on the prescription drugs] and struggled with this condition. She voluntarily underwent rehabilitation and was working hard to address this problem.
‘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.’
For all the wealth of her family circumstances Victoria was, mourners remembered, a girl who was happier ‘barefoot or in flip flops’ than in the designer shoes and clothes so favored by her mother, Jackie, 49.
And while her father David, 80, is a thrice married timeshare mogul a family obituary stated that Victoria was a ‘down to earth girl’ who wanted to travel the world and to drive a 1970 Volkswagen station wagon instead of her new car.
She was three and a flower girl when her mother married David in Orlando in 2000, and she took his last name.
The preacher, still wearing his microphone, watched as the family came out. Jackie held a pack of tissues with her drink in her left hand
Victoria’s heartbroken father also watched his daughter’s casket as he stood by his wife outside the church
The Westgates resort tycoon clutched his styrofoam cup as his adopted daughter was taken out and his wife talked to the preacher after the service
Mourners: Friends and family were present to bid farewell to Victoria Siegel, described in an obituary published by her family as ‘a down to earth hippie girl’ who ‘preferred to be barefoot or in flip-flops’
Mourned: One of the family’s nannies, Virginia Nebab, told Daily Mail Online of the grief of the family at the loss of their daughter. Her parents and siblings had left her at their Florida home as they traveled to Utah and Las Vegas when she died
Victoria had struggled with prescription drug abuse, her parents confirmed on Monday, and had recently been to rehab
Show of strength: Jackie Siegel thanks mourners who arrived at the funeral for her and her billionaire husband’s daughter Victoria, 18
The mother-of-eight gave a sad last look after the hearse closed. Jackie Siegel raised not only her biological children but also an adopted girl
The service was held at a Methodist church near the family home
Her family have set up a memorial fund in honor of the girl to whom they bid a permanent goodbye today and whom will they always remember as a girl whose ‘beautiful smile…could light up a room.’
Earlier in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com family nanny Virginia Nebab told of the fateful decision made by the Siegels to leave Victoria at home while they travelled to Park City, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fighting back tears as she mourned for the girl whom, she said, she ‘loved like her own child,’ she revealed: ‘The last time I speak to her on the phone she said, “Goodbye I love you.” That’s what she was like, so loving.
‘But she didn’t want to come with us so we left her at home when we went to Las Vegas.’
The family has now stated that they were attending a wedding in Park City, Utah which is where they were when Victoria was found, unresponsive, by the housekeeper.
Ms Nebab recalled how the family ‘were all screaming and crying’ when the terrible news was broken by a telephone call that saw them return immediately to Florida.
They had intended to return on Sunday to begin a family cruise on Monday.
According to Ms Nebab Victoria was an independent spirited girl who had distanced herself from her family in recent weeks, though she was unaware of her troubles with prescription medication.
Ms Nebab defended the Siegels against critics who have cast harsh judgment on the couple’s ‘no rules’ approach to parenting and Jackie’s own admission that her house is so large that sometimes she can ‘go for days without seeing some kids.’
But more than anything, Ms Nebab said, Victoria, ‘wanted to live her own life her own way.’
FAMILY’S OBITUARY FOR LOST TEEN
Tribute: A friend posted this picture of Victoria enjoying herself in memory of the dead teenager
‘Victoria Elizabeth Siegel passed away unexpectedly on June 6, 2015, at her home in Windermere, Florida.
Born November 25, 1996, Victoria was an earthly angel with a sensitive nature and caring soul.
Her passions were art and poetry, and she loved her family and friends dearly. A 2014 graduate of Olympia High School.
She planned on opening a sushi restaurant at the Cocoa Beach Pier called ‘Rikki Tikki Tavern’, she was just starting photography and shot her Aunt Jessica’s wedding as her first project.
She also had many things on her bucket list like skydiving, professional poker player, deep sea fishing, opening a campsite, writing songs and so much more.
She wanted to travel the world. She was a down to earth hippie girl.
Instead of a new car she wanted a 1970 Volkswagon station wagon van. Some people called her Hippie Rikki.
She preferred to be barefoot or in flip flops. She was one of the most sensitive down to earth girls you could ever meet.
All who knew her will remember her kind heart, her soft spot for rescuing animals in need, and beautiful smile that could light up a room.’
All who knew her will remember her kind heart, her soft spot for rescuing animals in need, and beautiful smile that could light up a room.
Victoria is survived by her parents, David A. Siegel and Jacqueline M. Siegel, five brothers, Drew, Daniel, David, Richard, and Steve Siegel; seven sisters, Jacqueline, Jordan, Debbie, Valerie, and Stacey Siegel and Kelly Hite and Janet Maland; maternal grandparents, John and Debbie Mallery; aunt, Jessica Mallery Keene (David); uncles, John Mallery (Katherine) and Jason Mallery (Katherine) and Jason Mallery; and cousins, Hannah Henry and Jonquil Reed.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Victoria Siegel Memorial Fund. This fund will help troubled teens get the guidance and assistance they need to live a healthy and positive life. Victoria Siegel Memorial Fund c/o 5601 Windhover Drive., Orlando, FL 32819. May her memory be a blessing to all whose lives she touched.