An­drew Getty death may be nat­u­ral or ac­ci­dent


The death at a Hol­ly­wood Hills home Tues­day of An­drew Getty, one of the heirs to the for­tune of one of the wealth­i­est and best­known fam­i­lies in Amer­i­can his­tory, was most likely from nat­u­ral causes or an ac­ci­dent, au­thor­i­ties and fam­ily mem­bers said.

The 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.

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

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 it was him.

A woman call­ing to re­port that some­one had died sent of­fi­cers to the gated home on Mont­calm Av­enue shortly af­ter 2:15 p.m. They found a man dead in a bath­room, po­lice spokesman Jack Richter said.

Po­lice Cmdr. An­drew Smith said the woman who had called po­lice was co­op­er­at­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Richter said she was not ar­rested and he did not know her iden­tity.

Coro­ner’s vans and news trucks were parked out­side the cen­tu­ry­old luxury home on one of the wind­ing roads in the hills that are home to many of the film in­dus­try elite.

Getty is one of four sons of Gor­don Getty, a San Fran­cisco multi­bil­lion­aire who is among the rich­est men in the United States.

The fam­ily state­ment pro­vided no fur­ther de­tails on the death and asked that the me­dia and public re­spect the fam­ily’s pri­vacy. It said fur­ther state­ments will be is­sued as in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able.

An­drew Getty’s grand­fa­ther J. Paul Getty was an in­dus­tri­al­ist who founded the Getty Oil Co. and was at one point named the rich­est living Amer­i­can by For­tune mag­a­zine. He had five sons and died in 1976 at age 82.

J. Paul Getty was an avid col­lec­tor of art and an­tiq­ui­ties, and the Getty name is 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 US$2.7 mil­lion. He died in 2011 at age 54.


A po­lice of­fi­cer cre­ates a perime­ter out­side a home in the Hol­ly­wood Hills area of Los An­ge­les on Tues­day, March 31.

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