Oil heir’s cause of death: Andrew Getty

Published: June 17, 2015

Oil heir’s cause of death: Andrew Getty, Andrew Getty, grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty and an heir to his fortune, died of an intestinal hemorrhage and acute methamphetamine intoxication, among other factors, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Wednesday.

Getty, 47, who died March 31 in his Los Angeles home, also suffered stomach ulcers and heart disease, said Lt. Fred Corral of the county medical examiner’s office.

The death was ruled accidental, Corral said.

Getty’s parents are Ann and Gordon Getty. Andrew Getty also leaves three brothers and three half-sisters.

Gordon Getty is one of three living sons of J. Paul Getty, the oil baron who was thought to be the richest man in the world at the time of his death in 1976. One other son died in 1958 and another died in 1973.

Gordon Getty, 81, has a net worth of $2.1 billion, according to Forbes. He spearheaded the controversial sale of Getty to Texaco for $10 billion in 1984.

In its list of richest American families, Forbes estimated the Gettys’ net worth to be about $5 billion.

Court records show Andrew Getty had recently filed to get a restraining order against an ex-girlfriend. A hearing in the case had been scheduled in early April.


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