Homeless heir to $19 million found dead under bridge
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.