Details Emerge About Andrew Getty’s “Grave” Medical Condition, Tumultuous Personal Life
New details have come to light about a serious medical condition that put Andrew Getty at “grave risk” of death. The Los Angeles Times reported the details about Getty’s health.
Yesterday artnet News reported on the scion’s death. Getty was the grandson of oil baron and art collector J. Paul Getty (see Oil and Art Fortune Heir Andrew Getty Found Dead in Home, Age 47). He was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home on March 31.
According to authorities, no foul play is suspected,
In court papers filed last month for a restraining order against his ex-girlfriend, Lanessa DeJonge, Getty outlined an unspecified medical condition that doctors claimed could cause him to face “substantial and irreparable injury or death” if his blood pressure rose above a specific level. Reportedly he was diagnosed with the mysterious condition in fall 2013.
Getty claims in the documents that DeJonge knew about the medical problem and often used it for personal gain. Getty writes that she “exploited this information to demand money and property from me, refusing to leave my house,” and that “doctors have advised that heated arguments can cause my blood pressure to rise dangerously.” A hearing for the restraining order was set for April 6.
It was DeJonge who discovered Getty’s body in the bathroom of his home, reportedly naked from the waist down and surrounded by a pool of blood. However, Los Angeles Police Department Captain William Hayes said he believes there is “no nexus between his death and her.”
“He had a whole plethora of medical issues,” Hayes said of Getty. “We believe it is a natural-caused death.”
Coroner’s chief Craig Harvey confirmed that the initial findings were consistent with a death caused by natural factors, but noted that forthcoming toxicology results will “probably play a role in establishing a complete picture.”
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