Jackie and David Siegel, whose decadent Orlando mega-mansion was the subject of the 2012 documentary “Queen of Versailles,” have been using some of their purported $900 million wealth and fundraising to combat the opioid crisis following the 2015 death of their daughter.
Victoria Siegel died of a methadone and antidepressants overdose at the age of 18.
“All the money in the world can’t bring my daughter back,” Jackie Siegel said in an interview with “Nightline.” “It felt like a dark cloud came over our family.”
The couple said they had no idea their daughter was using drugs.
“I thought drug addicts lived under bridges and slept on park benches,” David Siegel said. “I had no idea that the more affluent the family is, the more chance you have of having a drug user in your family.”
The couple fears the bullying the teenager experienced after the documentary was released may have contributed to her drug use. They’ve since started the Victoria Siegel Foundation to help those struggling with addiction, raising millions of dollars. They also recently appeared at a town hall with First lady Melania Trump.
“The United States has 5 percent of the world population. We prescribe 90 percent of the world’s prescriptions,” David Siegel said.
The couple said a bulk of the money they raise goes toward buying Narcan, a life-saving emergency medication that can reverse an overdose.
“I believe that my daughter’s legacy is gonna be that, as a result of her death, thousands or hundreds of thousands of people are gonna live,” David Siegel said. “And I’ve saved thousands of lives already — I’ve just begun,” .he added.
Opioids were involved in 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.