Death of Getty oil heir is likely natural causes or accident

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Andrew Getty, Grandson Of Getty Oil Fortune, Found Dead In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home of what was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.

Neither the coroner nor police had officially identified the man, but a statement from 47-year-old Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon Getty, confirmed their son had died Tuesday.

Gordon Getty is the San Francisco billionaire scion of the late J. Paul Getty, whose oil fortune made his family among the richest in U.S. history.

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A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A Los Angeles County Coroner van arrives at a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Los Angeles Police Captain William P. Hayes speaks to the media outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Members of the media wait outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
An officer stands outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
An officer stands outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Oil Billionaire Jean Paul Getty, America’s richest expatriate, is seen at his home at Guildford, Surrey, England in 1975. Now 82, Getty said he expected to move to his 65-acre property at Malibu, California, within the next year, claiming that English winter weather bothered him more than rising taxation in Britain. (AP Photo/David Caulkin)
Oil Billionaire J. Paul Getty, left, America’s richest expatriate, talks at his home at Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom in 1975, with British wild life specialist Peter Scott, right. Now 82, Getty said he expected to move to his 65-acre property at Malibu, California, within the next year, claiming that English winter weather bothered him more than rising taxation in Britain. (AP Photo/David Caulkin)
Timothy Potts, Director, J. Paul Getty Museum speaks during the opening of "Hearsay Of The Soul" filmmaker Werner Herzog's video installation at the Getty Museum on Monday, July 23, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP)
Visitors walk beside a pool in the Jean Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California, United States in 1984. On either side are Greek and Roman antiquities, the main concern in this part of the 2-floor establishment. A floor above has decorative arts from the 13th, to the early 20th centuries. The museum was opened at its present site in 1974 as a recreation of the Villa dei Papiri, a first century Roman villa which stood on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, near Herculaneum. Getty, an oil magnate, founded the collection and left it $1.3 billion when he died in 1976. (AP Photo/Emily Lane)
Visitors view The Cult Statue of a Goddess, often referred to as Aphrodite - opinions vary - during a visit to the Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif., Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. The statue is among several items being returned to Sicily as part of Italy's decade-old campaign to retrieve antiquities it says were illegally brought to California, and is among the last of 40 artifacts the J. Paul Getty Museum agreed to turn over. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
The Malibu Villa, modelled after the partially excavated Villa dei Papiri in Italy, became the home of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1974.
Timothy Potts, Director, J. Paul Getty Museum speaks during the opening of "Hearsay Of The Soul" filmmaker Werner Herzog's video installation at the Getty Museum on Monday, July 23, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP)
The Malibu Villa, modelled after the partially excavated Villa dei Papiri in Italy, became the home of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1974.
The Malibu Villa, modelled after the partially excavated Villa dei Papiri in Italy, became the home of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1974.
Architect Richard Meier stands in front of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles Nov. 3, 1997. Meier designed the buildings at the 24-acre, $1 billion Getty Center which opens to the public Dec. 16. (AP Photo/John Hayes)
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Andrew Getty's death appeared to be from natural causes, Los Angeles County coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said, but it has been initially called an accident because of medication found at the scene. He said coroner's officials need to wait for the results of further examination and toxicology tests, which could take up to 10 weeks to process.

"The tentative information that we do have is that he was not feeling good for the last couple months," Winter said Tuesday night, "and he supposedly had an appointment tomorrow with a personal physician."

A woman called to report someone had died and sent officers to the gated, century-old home in the hills popular with the film industry elite shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found a man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said.

The caller was cooperating with the investigation, but Richter said he did not know her identity. She was not arrested.

Getty is one of four sons of Gordon Getty, who is one of five sons of J. Paul Getty, founder of the Getty Oil Co. who died in 1976 at age 82.

J. Paul Getty was an avid collector of art and antiquities, and the Getty name is perhaps best known in the Los Angeles area for the museum that houses much of it, along with many other high-priced artworks bought since his death.

Another Getty grandson, J. Paul Getty III, lost an ear in a grisly kidnapping in Rome when he was a teenager. The family reportedly stalled on paying a ransom, and the kidnappers cut off part of his ear, sending the severed organ to a newspaper to prove they had taken him captive.

The oil heir, then 16, was freed after five months in captivity and a payment of $2.7 million. He died in 2011 at age 54.

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