Jackie Siegel Says Her Daughter Victoria Did Not Die in Vain
The 49-year-old Queen of Versailles star and her husband David have started the Victoria’s Voice Foundation to raise awareness about addiction.
“By doing this, it’s given us some strength, knowing that we’re going to save other lives and that Victoria didn’t die in vain,” Jackie said in a statement to People. “That maybe death has a greater purpose.”
“One hundred percent of my focus right now is on saving lives. Not on business, not on houses, not on reality shows,” David said. “I want my daughter’s legacy to be that thousands of lives will be saved because she lost hers. That’s what’s keeping us sane. We could have crawled into bed, pulled the covers over our head and been a basket case, but instead we embarked on this journey to help other people, to save other families from going through what we’ve gone through.”
Jackie also opened up about taking photos at her daughter’s funeral service.
“It was just so traumatic. I was almost like a zombie. I didn’t know if it was real or fake. One minute I’m crying uncontrollably, the next minute I’m just numb. And I’m trying to be strong for the kids,” Jackie said. “But I wanted to remember every last precious moment of my daughter before she’s down in the ground and going to be dirt. So I don’t see anything wrong with taking a couple pictures.”
Victoria died on June 6 at the age of 18 from an overdose.