Andrew Getty, Grandson of J. Paul Getty, Found Dead at 47

by Meredith B. Kile 7:25 PM PDT, March 31, 2015
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Andrew Getty, grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty, was found dead at his home in the Hollywood Hills on Tuesday.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the Los Angeles Times that a woman -- present at the time of Getty's death -- was escorted from the home by police for further questioning.

The coroner ruled late Tuesday evening that the death was "accidental" and not "criminal." According to the corner, prescription pills were recovered from the home.

The paper also reports that Andrew Getty sought a restraining order against an unnamed woman just two weeks prior to his death.  

Getty, 47, was the son of Gordon P. Getty, who assumed control of Getty's trust after J. Paul Getty died in 1976. Gordon is reportedly worth over $2 billion.

Gordon and Ann Getty confirmed their son's death in a statement, adding, "The family has requested that members of the media and the public respect its privacy during this extremely difficult time.  Further statements will be issued as information becomes available."

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J. Paul Getty's legacy is one of extreme wealth and tragedy. While Forbes still ranks the family the 54th wealthiest in the nation, valued around $5 billion, heirs to the Getty oil fortune have lived their lives in the media spotlight for decades and been the targets of scandal, litigation and even the brutal 1973 kidnapping of Jean Paul Getty III, in which his billionaire grandfather initially refused to pay the ransom.

LAPD Sgt. Kyle Kirkman told the L.A. Times that the cause of Andrew Getty’s death is undetermined at this time.