The body of 47-year-old Andrew Getty, grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, was found in his palatial home in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He was found lying on his side near a bathroom by a woman believed to be Getty’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, Lanessa De Jonge. Getty’s body was naked below the waist, and there was a pool of blood nearby.
There are reports that Getty had recently sought to get a restraining order against De Jonge, stating that she had hit and kicked him. That was not the first incident, either, as reports cite strange occurrences with De Jonge back in August of 2014. In the court documents, Getty cited an unspecified medical condition that he was apparently diagnosed with in 2013 that put him at serious risk of injury or death if his blood pressure rose. In those papers, he said that De Jonge was fully aware of his condition. De Jonge is the person who called 911 to the home, and police state that she has been a cooperative witness.
Police do not believe that Getty’s death is a case of foul play. The corner’s office determined that the blood was most likely from gastrointestinal bleeding, and not a sign of assault. Getty had an appointment with his doctor scheduled for Wednesday, and had reportedly been feeling ill for several weeks. Authorities also found unspecified prescription medications in the home. According to police, Getty had several medical issues, and they believe the death is from one of those issues. The corner’s office is running toxicology tests, and they expect those results will give them a better picture of precisely how Getty died. An autopsy is expected to be conducted on Thursday.
This is the latest in a list of tragedies or scandals that have plagued the Getty family. Andrew Getty had once had a drug habit, but the coronor stated that they believed he’d been sober for quite some time. What would have been Getty’s uncle, Timothy Ware Getty, died from a brain tumor in 1958 at the tender age of 12. In 1973, J. Paul Getty III, son of Sir John Paul Getty and cousin of Andrew, was kidnapped while that portion of the family lived in Rome. When the billionaire elder Getty refused to pay the ransom, the kidnappers cut off the child’s ear and sent it to him. The elder Getty consented to pay a negotiated ransom of $2.2 million from the original demand of $17 million. J. Paul Getty III never truly recovered from that trauma, and was left visually impaired and in a wheelchair after a drug overdose in 1981. He died in 2011.
Also in 1973, George Franklin Getty, the oil tycoon’s eldest son, died of a lethal mixture of drugs, alcohol, and a bladed weapon.
Even Andrew’s father, Gordon Getty, was not immune to the black cloud over the family. In 1999, it was revealed that the composer, musician, and philanthropist had fathered three children with his mistress, Cynthia Beck.
KTLA brings us this report:
Getty oil heir had serious medical condition, court documents say (Los Angeles Times)
J. Paul Getty’s Grandson Found Dead in Hollywood Hills Home; Recently Sought Restraining Order (KTLA)
Andrew Getty, grandson of J. Paul Getty, dies at 47 (CNN)
Andrew Getty Found Dead: The Latest Tragedy in the Super-Rich Dynasty’s Curse? (People Magazine)
Gordon Getty’s second family was an open secret (Los Angeles Times archives)