John Gilbert Getty, 52, heir to $5bn Getty fortune and grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, dies in a hotel room in Texas
- John Gilbert Getty, 52, passed away on Friday in San Antonio, Texas
- He was discovered unresponsive in a hotel room – no foul play is suspected
- Gilbert was one of several descendants of J. Paul Getty, the oil tycoon whose art collection served as the basis for the Getty Museum in L.A.
- The Getty family fortune is estimated to be worth more than $5 billion
- John Gilbert is survived by daughter, Ivy Getty, and his brothers, Peter and Billy
John Gilbert Getty, the grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, has died at the age of 52.
The family confirmed the his passing on Monday. The Getty heir, who was a musician died on Friday in San Antonio, Texas.
‘With a heavy heart, Gordon Getty announces the death of his son, John Gilbert Getty,’ a spokesperson for his father composer Gordon Getty said in a statement.
John Gilbert Getty, 52, passed away on Friday in a hotel room in San Antonio, Texas
His daughter, Ivy Getty, posted a loving tribute to her father along with some photos of the pair
‘With a heavy heart, Gordon Getty announces the death of his son, John Gilbert Getty,’ a spokesperson for his father composer Gordon Getty, pictured said in a statement
Oil multi-millionaire and art collector, J. Paul Getty (1892 – 1976) pictured with a glass of wine around 1960. The Getty family fortune is estimated to be worth more than $5 billion. He was the grandfather of John Gilbert Getty, who died on Friday
‘John leaves behind his daughter, Ivy Getty, whom he loved beyond measure, and his brothers Peter and Billy. His brother, Andrew, predeceased John. John’s mother, Ann Gilbert Getty, passed this September.’
‘John was a talented musician who loved rock and roll. He will be deeply missed.’
Ivy, his 25-year-old daughter, shared a moving tribute post on social media over the weekend, coupled with a number of photos where she is pictured with her father.
‘My father was awesome- coolest man to ever land on this planet and I will forever be the proudest daughter,’ she wrote.
‘Love you so much Dad….life is cruel sometimes…. I have not one, but two guardian angels watching over me now…here are some of my favorite pictures of him (and selfishly a couple of us).’
Ivy Getty, picture right, posted pictures of her father in a tribute to him on her Instagram page
Ivy is pictured here with her father when she was a little girl
Ivy Getty is pictured with her parents including John, left, who passed away on Friday
Ivy Getty continued to memorialize her father in her Instagram stories on Monday.
She shared numerous photos interspersed with fun facts about her father. She wrote, ‘My dad would absolutely love if I shared photos of him and talked about how much he meant to me so I am doing that.’
Getty noted that Fiji water was her dad’s favorite water, Whispering Angel was his favorite rosé and that ‘he loved ice cream and putting it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before consumption. He wanted to eat it (or really drink it like a soup).’
Ivy told how her father split his time between London and Los Angeles and praised his guitar skills.
She wrote, “He was an absolute beast at any instrument but his favorite was guitar. He held all the chords totally different that anyone else because he taught himself.”
Ivy Getty continued to memorialize her father in her Instagram stories on Monday
Ivy Getty, 25, called her father, ‘the most important man in my life’
A number of members of the Getty family also posted their condolences onto the postings.
August Getty, son of Ariadne Getty, the granddaughter of the late family patriarch, wrote: ‘Two beautiful angels, I love you so much.’
August’s sister Nats Getty wrote: ‘Love you ivy.’
Although there are no signs of foul play in John Gilbert Getty’s death, drugs have plagued the family for decades leading some to speak of a ‘Getty curse’.
Gordon Getty lost two brothers, one to a drug overdose, the other to cancer and a sister-in-law died from a heroin overdose.
He has also seen a nephew confined to a wheelchair due to a drug-induced stroke and a niece contract HIV.
John’s brother, Andrew Rork Getty, was found dead in his Los Angeles home in 2014 at the age of 47 according to People.
His father, Gordon who was a classical musician and philanthropist, helped facilitate the sale of his father’s business, Getty Oil, after the billionaire died in 1973.
At one time, he was the sole benefactor of the Getty family’s $4.1 billion trust before he split it up into six separate trusts.
Gordon is currently said to be worth $2.1 billion, according to Forbes.
John Gilbert Getty is pictured in a photo from his daughter’s Instagram page
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