Transcript for Getty Heir Found Dead in California Home
We begin with the mysterious death of an heir to one of the richest fortunes. A grandson of J. Paul Getty was found dead in his Los Angeles home yesterday and ABC's Linzie Janis here with the details. Reporter: Good morning, George. Overnight Andrew Getty's billionaire parents confirming their son is dead. Though the cause of his death still a mystery. 47-year-old Andrew Getty, heir to one of America's biggest fortunes found dead overnight. We're currently investigating it. I can't determine the cause of death. Reporter: Andrew Getty, the scion of Getty oil whose grandfather once considered the wealthiest man in America was found at his home in the Hollywood hills. Police responding after a woman called 911. TMZ reports that woman may have been Getty's ex-girlfriend whom he reportedly filed a restraining order against two weeks ago. Police took her in for questioning and released her. Early reports say Getty found in his bathroom may have suffered from blunt force trauma but the LAPD says the death most likely from accidental or natural causes. We do have one witness who called 911. You may have seen that individual leaving the police car. Reporter: The Getty fortune while synonym news with oil wealth and if I Lann tropic museums has seen more than its share of tragedy. In 1973, J. Paul Getty iii, Andrew's cousin was kidnapped and held for ransom. The family eventually paid but not before the kidnappers cut off Getty's ear. He died at age 54. Andrew's father Gordon Getty sold Getty oil to texaco in the 1980s for $10 billion. He received at least $2 billion from the sale. But he found himself in the headlines after it was revealed he had three daughters that his wife and four sons including Andrew didn't know about. Police say medication was also found at the scene. Coroner's officials will wait for the results of toxicology results that could take up to ten weeks. It may be a while before we know the exact cause of death. Very sad. Thank you.
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