UPDATE, 4/1 — 1:14 a.m. ET: According to the L.A. coroner, Andrew Getty’s death appears to be from a natural cause or accident.
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, and the Getty family confirmed that it was the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty.
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 the man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said.
Police didn’t identify the man, but a statement from Andrew Getty’s parents, Ann and Gordon Getty, confirmed it was him.
The 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.
Richter and other police officials would not immediately confirm media reports that the dead man was Getty.
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 century-old 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.
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 $2.7 million. He died in 2011 at age 54.