Possible Heir to Recluse's Fortune Is Found Dead
Kids stumble on Timothy Henry Gray, frozen to death
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2012 3:45 PM CST
In this Aug. 11, 1930 file photo, Huguette Clark, daughter of the late copper magnate Sen. William A. Clark of Montana, is seen in Reno, Nev., after being granted a divorce.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – The messy estate of reclusive millionaire Huguette Clark took a sad turn today when a possible heir to her fortune was found frozen beneath an overpass in Wyoming, NBC News reports. Children sledding in Evanston, a small mining town, discovered 60-year-old Timothy Henry Gray dead from hypothermia in freezing temperatures. Described by his older brother as homeless, Gray was Clark's half great-nephew and might have been entitled to a big slice of the family's copper-mining fortune.

The reclusive Clark apparently left the $400 million estate to her nurse, goddaughter, lawyer, accountant, and an arts foundation—but nineteen relatives have challenged her will in court. Should they win, Gray would have collected roughly $19 million before taxes. But he didn't use the money he had—including a pocketed check for a "significant amount," the coroner said. "If we had proper mental health services in this country, we could have been notified and known to do something" about him, says his older brother Jerry.

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Dec 31, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Maybe if brother Jerry was a little more interested in his brother and his care, he would be alive. Even the uber-rich in this country think it is the government's job to care for their mentally ill relatives when they could well afford the best of care.
Dec 31, 2012 9:11 AM CST
hey huguette remember me? your pal hank we went to school together and i always let you copy off me! please send money to pobox23432 in-----
Dec 30, 2012 7:13 PM CST
Didn;t they use to notify sexual partners of STD patients without hounding them to death? Why can't they use the same process to help the mentally ill patients in our society? Or is this idea bogus.