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Maia Johnson's death at 25: Keyshawn Johnson's daughter once arrested for Hashish use targetted for drug photos

'She came into our lives just as we were both coming of age as adults and has been a constant beloved presence for both of us,' Keyshawn wrote on Twitter
UPDATED MAR 16, 2021
Maia Johnson (Instagram / Getty Images)
Maia Johnson (Instagram / Getty Images)

After former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson announced the tragic death of his firstborn daughter Maia, he refrained from announcing the cause of her death at an untimely age of 25. Johnson's fans all over the world soon poured in their condolences and kind words for the grieving father. 

However, a section of the trolls took this opportunity to point out Maia's alleged habitual pattern of drug abuse, which they said she posted on her Instagram and Snapchat profiles. Some even speculated drug overdose to be the actual cause of her death. Soon, the online trend of insensitive remarks about Maia's drug abuse and past arrests peaked. It prompted Keyshawn's fans to slam the trolls for not allowing him to mourn in peace. 



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What did trolls say about Maia?

Maia Johnson, the daughter of Keyshawn Johnson and his first wife Shikiri Hightower, was born in 1995. In his obituary note, her father called her "a constant beloved presence", adding that the entire family was devastated and heartbroken from her death. Maia was born to the former couple when Keyshawn was 22-years-old and Shikiri was 19. The couple got married in 1998 and divorced in 2002. Alongside Maia, they share another son together — Keyshawn Johnson Jr. 

Keyshawn and Shikiri were known for keeping their children away from the limelight and not much was known about Maia or her siblings' personal lives. Not many people know that Maia was once apparently charged with drug involvement and Flagler County Sheriff had released her mugshots back then.

Maia Johnson (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

After her tragic death, Internet users seem to have discovered unknown details about her life and have unabashedly shared the information on Keyshawn's obituary post itself.

"What happened? Drug overdose?" a user insensitively responded to Keyshawn's heartbreaking tweet. Another troll shared a highly offensive photoshopped picture of Maia. 

"Yeah Maia she was an Instagram Trapper always posting Lbs of weed and pills for sale bragging about it. Her IG and Snap used to be live streams of wild drug binges," came another problematic comment. One user posted an old video of Maia engaging in drug abuse. 





However, Johnson's fans slammed the trolls for their insensitivity and countered their offensive remarks.

"Keyshawn Johnson posted about losing his daughter and people thought it was funny to comment pictures of her doing drugs. This internet shit has gotten out of hand man. Can’t even mourn the death of your child without it being a punchline on here. Smh," wrote one user.

Another fan remarked, "Drugs are bad okay! I'm sorry for your loss Maia was an awesome person God Bless you Mrs. Johnson Rih Maia."



Was Maia Johnson arrested for drug possession? 

An inmate report from Flagler County Sheriff's Office shows the arrest record of Maia Hightower Johnson on May 22, 2019. The record, which mentions her as a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, shows that she was arrested on May 22, 2019, around 9:20 pm for illegal possession of Hashish. 

Maia Johnson's arrest record (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

The record, which lists her bond amount as $0, shows that she was released on June 4, 2019, at 12:06 pm after serving her time. Her crime has been categorized as a felony. 

Responding to the remarks about Maia's alleged drug addiction, one Twitter user wrote, "Sad for their loss. His daughter had multiple issues with drug arrests. No family should go through this. Why are celebrities and their loved ones so hooked on the fast life? Too many deaths with alcohol and drug addiction. Rest in peace Maia."


Announcing his daughter's death, Keyshawn had posted, "She came into our lives just as we were both coming of age as adults and has been a constant beloved presence for both of us. We are heartbroken and devastated by her loss. Shikiri, Maia’s siblings, our family and me appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," Johnson tweeted. He further said, "We also all appreciate your support and respect for our privacy as we move forward. Thank you all, God Bless. Keyshawn Johnson, Sr. " 

Maia was the daughter of Johnson's first wife Shikiri Hightower, who he was married to from 1998 to 2002. The couple brought Maia into the world in 1995 and also gave birth to their son, Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Johnson is currently married to Jennifer Conrad, with whom he has two young children London and Vance Johnson. 

Keyshawn Jr, London and Shyla Joy, Maia Johnson (Instagram / @chinaroyal)