Heir to the Getty Oil Fortune, Andrew Getty, Found Dead in His Hollywood Hills, CA Estate … Police Determining Whether Foul Play Involved or an Accident
HEIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW …
As reported at the LA Times, 47 year old Andrew Getty, the grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty and part of the Getty trust, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills, California home. According to police, Getty appeared to have suffered from some type of blunt force trauma: however, it is unknown at this time whether the injury was caused by a fall or foul play. The Getty heirs death is still under investigation; however, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a department spokesman, said that based on initial observations, “this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act.”
Authorities investigating the death of Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, said a preliminary investigation suggests foul play was not involved.
The death appeared to be natural or an accident, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Investigators have not determined a time of death, Winter said.
A law enforcement source told The Times that Getty was found naked from the waist down in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills estate Tuesday and appeared to have suffered from some type of blunt-force trauma. It’s unclear whether the injury was caused by a fall or something else.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a department spokesman, cautioned that it was still “very, very early in the investigation” but said that based on initial observations, “this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act.”
In San Francisco, Ann and Gordon Getty confirmed their son’s death in a statement in which they asked for privacy during an “extremely difficult time.”
The L.A. County Coroner says Getty was “not feeling well” over the last couple of months, and had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Wednesday. The Coroner would not elaborate on what, if anything, was bothering Getty.
He added … prescription meds were found on scene, but it was unclear if Getty had taken any of them.
UPDATE I: No foul play suspected in Andrew Getty death.
The cause of death is under investigation, but, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office, there didn’t appear to be any foul play involved. It was not immediately clear when Getty died.