Thu. Jan 21st, 2021
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John Gilbert Getty, the grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty and heir to his fortune, has died at a hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

The family of the 52-year-old confirmed the news in a statement saying “with a heavy heart, Gordon Getty announces the death of his son, John Gilbert Getty. John was a talented musician who loved rock and roll. He will be deeply missed.”

The death of the heir to the $5 billion Getty fortune is yet another tragedy in a string of misfortunes for the family.

John Gilbert Getty was found unresponsive at a hotel in San Antonio, Texas, just months after the death of his mother Ann and nearly six years after the death of his brother Andrew.

The 52-year-old, who is survived by his daughter Ivy, was set to inherit the Getty family fortune which is estimated to be worth more than $5 billion.

The film All the Money in the World, released in 2017, garnered lots of buzz for the scandal around the kidnapping of the grandson of oil man J. Paul Getty who refused to pay the $US17 million ($A23 million) ransom.

The scandal the movie is based on is just as shocking in real life, reports the New York Post.

In 1973, John Paul Getty III – the 16-year-old grandson of oil man J. Paul Getty, then said to be the world’s richest man, worth some $1.2 billion (around $9.1 billion today) – was kidnapped in Rome.

His abductors demanded $17 million, which his family wouldn’t pay, leading his captors to cut off his right ear.

The ordeal, coupled with terrible neglect, ruined the boy’s life. At just 24, he ended up paralyzed as a result of a drug overdose.

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