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Cops: No Sign of Foul Play in Getty Heir's Death

But oil heir reportedly found half-naked with blunt-force trauma
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2015 7:34 AM CDT
Cops: No Sign of Foul Play in Getty Heir's Death
In this June 10, 1976, file photo, Gordon Getty with his son Andrew leaves the Wilshire United Methodist Church after memorial services for J. Paul Getty in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/File)

The death of 47-year-old oil heir Andrew Getty doesn't appear to have been the result of foul play, the Los Angeles Times reports. An LAPD spokesman says that while it's "very, very early in the investigation ... this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act." Instead, LA coroner's rep Ed Winter tells the AP Getty's death was from natural causes, though it's being called accidental due to prescription meds found in the home. Getty was apparently "not feeling good for the last couple months, and he supposedly had an appointment [today] with a personal physician," Winter says. A law enforcement source tells the Times that Getty's body was discovered naked from the waist down and that he suffered blunt-force trauma, though it's not clear if that was from a fall.

Getty's body was found in his Hollywood Hills home yesterday by a woman officials call a "friend;" she's reportedly cooperating as a witness, per the Times. Court papers show Getty sought a restraining order against a woman two weeks ago. TMZ has a decidedly darker take: Police tell the site they're considering Getty's death as happening "under suspicious circumstances," and the woman is said to be Getty's ex-girlfriend, who's been involved in some of 30-plus domestic-disturbance incidents at Getty's house; cops say both were frequently observed on drugs. TMZ sources say she's the same woman in Getty's restraining order and that she's been accused of breaking into his home. Toxicology reports could take up to 10 weeks, per the AP. (More Getty stories.)

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