Home­less heir to $19 mil­lion found dead un­der bridge

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Rah

A hefty sum of $300 mil­lion is at stake af­ter the death of New York rail­road heiress Huguette Clark, with the for­tune trig­ger­ing an in­tense le­gal fight be­tween rel­a­tives bat­tling for their share. One rel­a­tive who was to in­her­ent a part of Clark’s for­tune was Ti­mothy Henry Gray who was found home­less and dead, un­aware of his vast in­her­ited wealth.

Tim Gray’s cause of death is known to be through hy­pother­mia and his body was found by chil­dren sled­ding in the cold tem­per­a­ture nearby where Gray was rest­ing. His sib­lings have stated that Gray had dis­ap­peared since the 1990s af­ter their mother’s death. As Tim Gray is no longer alive to claim his in­her­ited mil­lions, his sib­lings are now claim­ing his share of Clark’s money.

Huguette Clark was the youngest daugh­ter of Wil­liam A. Clark, one of the wealth­i­est men in the United States and a former se­na­tor who built the fam­ily for­tune through the rail­road, min­ing and bank­ing in­dus­tries and was also the founder of the city of Las Ve­gas.

Huguette Clark, who had no chil­dren of her own, died at 104 years old in New York and left be­hind mil­lions of dol­lars to rel­a­tives. 60 year-old Ti­mothy Henry Gray was Clark’s half greatnephew and ac­cord­ing to NBC was due to in­herit $19 mil­lion of Clark’s $300 mil­lion for­tune. Gray was found dead un­der a rail­road bridge in Wy­oming soon af­ter Clark passed away in a hospi­tal in New York.

Huguette Clark has for the past quar­ter-cen­tury been liv­ing as a recluse far from New York’s so­cial scene, spend­ing most of her re­main­ing years in New York City hospi­tal with her beloved col­lec­tion of dolls around her. Clark owned New York’s largest apart­ment on Fifth Av­enue and left be­hind sev­eral mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar es­tates which are now part of the le­gal con­flict.

More­over, the le­gal bat­tles are mainly as a re­sult of two con­trast­ing wills which Clark signed be­fore her death, one of which af­fords the for­tune to fam­ily mem­bers and the other, which was signed only weeks af- ter the first, states that her money is not to go to rel­a­tives.

Her will has gen­er­ously pro­vided per­sons close to her through­out her life with part of her for­tune in­clud­ing her nurse who ac­cord­ing to the Huff­in­g­ton post in­her­ited an as­ton­ish­ing $28 mil­lion, three Man­hat­tan apart­ments, two homes else­where and a $1.2 mil- lion Stradi­var­ius vi­o­lin.

Cur­rently the bat­tle­ship for Clark’s hun­dreds of mil­lions worth es­tates, valu­able paint­ings and items are sub­ject to what is pre­dicted to be a long and ex­haus­tive court process.

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