Billionaire's Son Is Found Dead

Andrew Burkle was only 26
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2020 7:00 PM CST

(Newser) – A California billionaire experienced what must be a living nightmare Monday when he rushed to his son's home and found him dead, People reports. Andrew Burkle, 26, was unresponsive and declared deceased Monday at the Beverly Hills property. His father, Ron Burkle—who co-owns the Pittsburgh Penguins and has a net worth of $1.5 billion, per Forbes—was there as police looked over the scene, a source told People. The LA County coroner's office hasn't released his cause of death, but police said a call came in about an "unconscious male" just before 7:30pm Monday. People's source said Andrew died earlier that day.

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"It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we announce the death of Andrew C. Burkle on January 6, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California," the family said in a statement. "He is deeply loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed." Andrew is identified as a movie producer and actor on IMDB with several credits, including associate producer on the comedy Airplane Mode (2019), per NBC News. Mario Lemieux, co-owner of the Penguins, said "everyone in our organization knows that he was such a big part of his Dad's life, and one of the many things they shared together was their love of Penguins hockey." Lemieux called Andrew "a bright, creative, energetic young man with a dynamic future ahead of him." (Read more Beverly Hills stories.)

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