Queen of Versailles breaks silence on why she took photos of her daughter's coffin as autopsy reveals teen died of an accidental methadone and anti-depressant overdose 

  • Jackie Siegel, whose family was the subject of the 2012 documentary Queen of Versailles, is breaking her silence about her daughter's death
  • Victoria Siegel died in June as the result of what an autopsy now reports was an accidental dug overdose
  • Jackie said in an interview she has not returned to the $100million mansion she and her husband David are building since the death
  • She also addressed the criticism she received when she was photographed taking photos of her daughter's casket at her funeral with her phone 
  • 'It’s my last moment ever to remember my daughter and that day,' she said of her reason for taking the photos 
  • The couple have now started a charity in Victoria's honor to help teenagers struggling with drugs and addiction 

The matriarch of the family featured in the 2012 documentary Queen of Versailles who showcased the building of their $100million Florida mansion is breaking her silence about the death of her teenage daughter last month.

Jackie Siegel said of her daughter Victoria's death; 'As a mother, I can say it's the most horrible thing that I have ever, ever experienced.'

Victoria was just 18-years-old when she was found dead as the result of a drug overdose on June 6.

Autopsy results released on Wednesday ruled Victoria's death an accident, concluding it was the result of methadone and sertraline toxicity. 

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Opening up: Jackie Siegel, whose family was the subject of the 2012 documentary Queen of Versailles, is breaking her silence about her daughter's death alongside her husband David (above on Inside Edition)

Opening up: Jackie Siegel, whose family was the subject of the 2012 documentary Queen of Versailles, is breaking her silence about her daughter's death alongside her husband David (above on Inside Edition)

Firing back: Jackie addressed the criticism she received when she was photographed taking photos of her daughter's casket at her funeral with her phone (above) saying she did it to remember her daughter

Firing back: Jackie addressed the criticism she received when she was photographed taking photos of her daughter's casket at her funeral with her phone (above) saying she did it to remember her daughter

She then added of the funeral: 'I just love my baby so much, I just want every last moment to remember her by'

She then added of the funeral: 'I just love my baby so much, I just want every last moment to remember her by'

'Personally I have not stepped foot in the house since Victoria died,' Jackie told Inside Edition in an interview that will air Thursday night, referring to the family's palatial mansion that is expected to finally be completed next year.

Her husband David, 80, echoed this statement, saying; 'I haven't been back to the house. One of the bedrooms was going to be hers.'

Victoria was 3-years-old when her mother married David, and soon after she took his last name.

Jackie, 49, also opened up about photographs that showed her at her daughter's funeral taking pictures of the casket with her cell phone.

Some in the media had attacked her for this behavior at such an emotional time.

'It’s my last moment ever to remember my daughter and that day,' she said. 

Tragedy: Victoria Siegel  (above) died in June as the result of an accidental dug overdose

Tragedy: Victoria Siegel  (above) died in June as the result of an accidental dug overdose

'There’s no book that tells you what you should and shouldn’t do at a funeral.'

She then added; 'I just love my baby so much, I just want every last moment to remember her by.' 

Now, Jackie and David are hoping some small bit of good can come of this as they have created a charity - the Victoria's Voice Foundation - to help teenagers struggling with drugs and addiction.

'We’re going to win this battle. We can’t save everybody but we’re going to make a dent,' said David. 

Victoria was alone in the Siegel family's Seagull Island home in Green Cove Island, Windermere when she succumbed to a suspected overdose.

She was found unresponsive at 2pm on Saturday 6 June and was taken to Health Central Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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 an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com in June, 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.’

Can't do it: Jackie said in the interview she has not returned to the $100million mansion she and her husband David are building (above) since the death

Can't do it: Jackie said in the interview she has not returned to the $100million mansion she and her husband David are building (above) since the death

Helping: The couple have now started a charity in Victoria's honor to help teenagers struggling with drugs and addiction (Jackie above in Queen of Versailles)

Helping: The couple have now started a charity in Victoria's honor to help teenagers struggling with drugs and addiction (Jackie above in Queen of Versailles)

The family stated that they were attending a wedding in Park City, =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. 

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.’  

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