After the death of 18-year-old Victoria Siegel on Sunday (June 7), the Siegel family gathered for a memorial service Wednesday (June 10) to say goodbye.
It’s there that Jackie Siegel, Victoria’s mother and the star of the 2012 documentary “The Queen of Versailles,” was photographed taking pictures of her daughter’s casket with her phone. While some may find the actions to be a bit strange, family spokesperson Michael Marder is explaining her actions in a statement to Us Weekly.
“People deal with grief differently. Mrs. Siegel is grieving as we all are. I have been with the family starting from the very first moment they learned of Victoria’s death and I can tell you that she has cried … a lot … and has been on an emotional roller[coaster],” he says. “There is no authoritative manual that tells us how to grieve. The entire family has been sleeping together in the large family room of the house since this horrible tragedy happened. They are talking together, crying together and caring for and loving each other. The family has been through a terrible tragedy and had been hurt enough and the way Mrs Siegel is being portrayed by some in the media is just adding additional pain not only to her but the entire family.”
Victoria was found dead in her family’s home Sunday. Her mother tells Florida’s WFTV she doesn’t believe her daughter “had any intentions of killing herself.”
While it’s unclear what motivated her actions, Jackie explains on Facebook, “The ex-girlfriend of Victoria’s boyfriend used his phone to send cruel and hateful text messages using the boyfriend’s phone. These messages were sent early on the morning of Victoria’s death. These messages were clearly intended to hurt Victoria and while we cannot be sure may have affected her emotional state at a time when she was emotionally vulnerable.”