Andrew Getty was the 47-year-old heir to the Getty oil fortune but on Tuesday, he was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home. Sadly, the family has faced several other tragedies over the years, in spite of J. Paul Getty having a net worth into the billions of dollars.
According to Ed Winter, Assistant chief with the Los Angeles Coroner’s office, while the death appears to have been from natural causes, the official report will not be available for up to 10 weeks pending the results of toxicology reports.
Initially, the coroner’s office had ruled Getty’s death an accident based on medication found at the scene but now, it appears there was accident or foul play involved. Reportedly, Getty had complained to close friends over the past several months of not feeling well.
Andrew’s parents, Gordon and Ann Getty, released a statement confirming that their son had in fact died. However, no additional information was provided. Jack Richter, spokesman for the police department confirmed a call came out from an unidentified woman around 2:15 pm. Upon arrival, Getty’s body was in the home’s bathroom and the female who called was questioned.
Getty had lived in the home since 1996 and interestingly, the very woman who made the 911 call had at one time had a restraining order placed against her by Getty. Andrew is one of four sons of multi-billionaire Gordon Getty who is ranked as one of the wealthiest men in America. Gordon is the son of J. Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil.
In 2011, J. Paul Getty III, another one of Gordon’s sons, passed away at 54. When this son was a teenager, he was kidnapped in Rome and to prove the perpetrators were serious about the $2.7 million ransom, they sent a newspaper part of J. Paul Getty III’s ear.
The Getty family paid the requested random and after being held captive for five months, the son was finally released by his captors. Throughout the years, the Getty family has been plagued by numerous illnesses, addictions, and disasters and now, the family faces another tragedy in the death of Andrew.
The woman who called 911 is believed to be an ex-girlfriend of Andrew’s and while she has not been accused of any crime, she remains somewhat of a person of interest. They are unsure why she was at the home and if she was a witness to anything that might shed light on what happened.