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Andrew Getty Autopsy Result: Ulcer-Related Hemorrhage

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 11:28 AM

Getty oil fortune heir Andrew Getty had a toxic level of methamphetamine in his body when he died from an ulcer-related hemorrhage on the bathroom floor of his California home in March, according to an autopsy report.

Getty, 47, was found dead at his Studio City hillside home on March 31, several days after he was last seen alive. His body and the bathroom area were bloody but investigators said there were no signs of foul play.

 


Getty's personal assistant told investigators that Getty had complained of stomach pain for the past two months and the assistant had scheduled a doctor's appointment for him on April 1 — one day after his body was discovered.

The death was ruled accidental by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. An April 2 autopsy report obtained on Tuesday concluded that Getty died from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage due to duodenal ulcers but "acute methamphetamine intoxication" and atherosclerotic heart disease — hardening of heart arteries — were contributing factors, The Associated Press reported.

Getty's on-again, off-again girlfriend Lanessa DeJonge, who found his body, told authorities that he took methamphetamine daily and the coroner's report said testing found the level of methamphetamine in his blood was in the "toxic range."

"Methamphetamine is a known cardiac central nervous stimulant," said the report, which was made final on June 12. It was first reported Tuesday by TMZ.com.

Methamphetamine, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the home.

The reclusive Getty had said in recent court documents that he was battling a "serious medical condition" that could endanger his life. He obtained a restraining order earlier this year against DeJonge, noting her behavior and arguments between them, and expressing concern that "heated arguments can cause my blood pressure to rise dangerously."

Getty wasn't the first heir of the oil tycoon to die in middle age. His cousin, J. Paul Getty III, was kidnapped in Italy in 1973 and the kidnappers cut off the 16-year-old's ear. The oil baron eventually paid a ransom reported to be $3 million. Once released, the teenager resumed a jet-set lifestyle of abusing drugs and consorting with rock stars until he suffered a debilitating stroke in his 20s. He died in 2011 at age 54.

His stepmother, actress Talitha Pol, who had lived her own jet-set life, died of a heroin overdose in 1971.

"The story of the famed Getty family is one of the most obvious examples that money, cold hard cash, doesn't buy happiness," Forbes Magazine reported in a profile last year when it listed the combined family fortune at $5 billion - 54th highest on its list of America's most wealthy.

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