'Queen of Versailles' Daughter Victoria Siegel Funeral Held in Florida
By Meredith B. Kile
David and Jacqueline Siegel, the subjects of the 2012 documentary The Queen of Versailles and owners of Westgate Resorts, laid their daughter Victoria to rest in Florida on Tuesday. The 18-year-old was found unresponsive at the family’s Windermere, Fla. home on Saturday, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The funeral service, which began at 2 p.m. local time, was held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Orlando, Fla., with a private burial service at Woodlawn Cemetary in Gotha, Fla. immediately afterwards.
Victoria’s official obituary described her as a "down to earth hippie girl" and "an earthly angel with a sensitive nature and caring soul." The obit also detailed the teen’s long bucket list, which included skydiving, professional poker player, deep sea fishing, opening a campsite, and opening a sushi restaurant at the Cocoa Beach Pier.
The Siegel family addressed speculation and rumors surrounding Victoria’s death on Monday, in a statement saying, "Victoria had a history of seizures and was prescribed medication for this condition. Unfortunately she became dependent and struggled with this condition. She voluntarily underwent rehabilitation and was working hard to address this problem."
An autopsy has been completed but the cause and manner of Victoria’s death is pending toxicology results, which may take eight to 10 weeks.
"The family is deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support that they have received and request that their privacy be respected while they mourn their loss," the statement concludes.
The Siegels asked that, in lieu of flowers, mourners honor Victoria’s memory with contributions to the Victoria Siegel Memorial Fund, which will "help troubled teens get the guidance and assistance they need to live a healthy and positive life." The Siegels reportedly also hope to open a treatment facility in her memory.