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Andrew Getty Dies: Oil Heir's Injured Body Found by Ex-Lover

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A Los Angeles Police Department officer stands behind yellow tape blocking off the street leading to the house of Andrew Getty, 47, the grandson of Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty, in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, California March 31, 2015. (Kevork Djansezian/Reuters/Landov)  

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Apr 2015 07:16 AM

Andrew Getty, grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty, was found dead in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills estate on Tuesday, and although it appeared he suffered blunt-force trauma authorities said they believe the death was not a criminal act, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Getty, 47, son of Ann and Gordon P. Getty and part of the wealthy Getty trust, was found naked from the waist down and looked to have suffered from some kind of blunt-force trauma, authorities told the Times.

Police said it wasn't clear this early in the investigation if the injuries were caused by fall or by other means. Ed Winter, a Los Angeles Police spokesman, said investigators found prescription medication inside the residence and learned that Getty had not been feeling well in recent months.

The Los Angeles County coroner told TMZ that Getty had an appointment with a physician Wednesday but declined to comment on what was specifically ailing him or what the prescription medicine was.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Getty's ex-lover called 911 about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

"Our sources say Andrew and his ex-girlfriend have a storied history with the LAPD," reported TMZ. "Cops have been to his residence 31 times, mostly for domestic disturbances. Our sources say they have both frequently been under the influence of drugs during the police visits. We're told the drugs cops found in the past were prescriptions."

Los Angeles Police spokesman Jack Richter told KABC-TV that investigators are treating the woman as a cooperative witness.

"She's the individual that reported the death investigation to us and is a friend of the decedent," said Los Angeles Police Capt. William Hayes.

Andrew Getty's father, Gordon Getty, lives in San Francisco and is among the richest men in the United States, reported KABC-TV. Andrew Getty's late grandfather, J. Paul Getty, built the family fortune through Getty Oil Co.

J. Paul Getty established the family trust, built the Getty Center Museum in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades to display his art collections, noted KABC-TV.

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Andrew Getty, grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty, was found dead in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills estate on Tuesday, and although it appeared he suffered blunt-force trauma authorities said they believe the death was not a criminal act, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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