traumatic injuries but police do not believe foul play was involved.
Getty, a member of the billion-dollar Getty family, was found on
Tuesday afternoon (local time) unconscious and naked from the waist down
on the floor near a bathroom in his 5000 sq ft-mansion in the Hollywood
A 911 call was placed by Getty’s ex-girlfriend, named by
KTLA as 32-year-old Lanessa De Jonge, around 2pm. Miss De Jonge
reportedly went to the home to check on Getty after urging him to see a
doctor about “painful bowel movements”, TMZ reported.
out a restraining order two weeks ago against his ex, a 32-year-old
actress he had dated for four years, sources told TMZ. According to
details from the court order, his ex was putting him at “grave risk”
because a serious medical condition, which he was diagnosed with in
2013, was made worse by extreme stress.
The documents also claimed that De Jonge knew about Getty’s
health problems, and that she was extorting him for money, TMZ reported.
who arrived on the scene found Getty bleeding from a “traumatic injury
to the rectal area” and apparently suffering from blunt-force trauma.
Medication was found at the scene.
Home of oil heir Andrew Getty in the Hollywood Hills. Photo / AP / Screengrab
The LA County Coroner said it appeared Getty’s death was
either accidental or of natural causes at his luxury villa close to
A spokesman told Daily Mail Online on
Wednesday that no further details were available until officials had
spoken to the family. It was unclear if an autopsy would take place on
The Los Angeles County coroner’s assistant, Chief Ed
Winter, said Getty’s death has been initially called an accident because
of medication found at the scene.
He said coroner’s officials
need to wait for the results of further examination and toxicology
tests, which could take up to 10 weeks to process.
information that we do have is that he was not feeling good for the
last couple months,” Mr Winter said on Tuesday night.
“And he supposedly had an appointment tomorrow with a personal physician.”
Los Angeles Police Department sources told the Los Angeles Times that it was unclear how Getty sustained his injuries.
A joint investigation is underway by the LAPD and the LA County Coroner’s Office.
De Jonge was reportedly being interviewed by police and believed to be
cooperating after initially being detained as a person of interest.
A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. Photo / AP
On Wednesday, the LAPD told Daily Mail Online that they were unaware of anyone being interviewed or held by the department.
“It is a coroner’s case at this time,” a spokeswoman said.
Tuesday night, LAPD Cmdr Andrew Smith said that it was “very, very
early in the investigation” and that “this does not appear immediately
to be a criminal act”.
Sources added to the Times that investigators do not believe the ex-girlfriend was involved in Getty’s death.
The LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division is leading the investigation due to the high-profile nature of Getty’s death.
sources told TMZ the couple had a troubled history, and just two weeks
ago Getty took out a restraining order against the woman.
The LAPD have reportedly been called to the home more than 30 times in the past, mostly for domestic disturbances.
and his girlfriend have sometimes been high during these calls and
prescription pills recovered at the residence, according toTMZ.
ex was even placed under psychiatric hold for attacking a police
officer on one of these calls and she has been caught breaking into the
home, TMZ reported.
De Jonge was arrested in Beverly Hills on
October 22 last year for trespassing, obstruction and battery on a peace
officer/emergency personnel, according to public records.
She has had numerous arrests for harassment and disorderly conduct, public records revealed.
De Jonge, who also goes by the name Lanessa Grace, is an aspiring
actress who has had small TV and film roles, including the 2011 movie Warrior, starring Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy.
has also been a licensed beautician and an online resume lists her
other skills as bartender, comedian, hosting, masseuse and teleprompter.
Her circus skills include the hula hoop and she proficient in a number
of forms of dance.
Andrew Getty’s parents, billionaire philanthropists Gordon and Ann Getty, confirmed his death on Tuesday in a statement.
family has requested that members of the media and the public respect
its privacy during this extremely difficult time,” it read.
Getty is the San Francisco billionaire son of the late J. Paul Getty,
whose oil fortune made his family among the richest in US history.
Andrew Getty was one of Gordon and Ann Getty’s four sons.
According to public records, 12 court filings have been lodged against Andrew Getty over unpaid taxes.
who was educated at the private prep Dunn School in California, went on
to NYU and then USC. He described himself as self-employed.
A Los Angeles County Coroner van arrives at a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. Photo / AP
In 2005, IMDB listed Getty as the director of horror movie, The Storyteller.
Andrew Getty’s second cousin is the actor Balthazar Getty, best known for his role on TV drama, Brothers & Sisters.
Gettys are the 54th richest American family, with an estimated worth of
$5 billion. Andrew Getty’s grandfather J. Paul Getty founded the
The Scottish-Irish family struck liquid gold after immigrating to the US from County Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
money has brought an equal amount of problems for the Getty family and
the family tree is scattered with scandal and tragedy.
J. Paul Getty had five children from five marriages, and one of his daughters-in-law died of a heroin overdose.
his grandson J. Paul Getty III was kidnapped in 1973, his grandfather
agreed to pay the $3.2 million ransom for his release only after the
captors cut off one of the then 16-year-old’s ears.
At the time
of his death in 1976, J. Paul Getty was thought to be the richest men in
the world (the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died two months
About a decade later, son Gordon Getty (Andrew’s father), sold the family company to Texaco for $10 billion.
paying about $1 billion in capital gains for the deal, Gordon split the
proceeds of the sale into four equal parts of $750 million.
and brother J. Paul Getty Jr each received $750 million cuts. The three
daughters of eldest son George F. Getty II split a $750 million portion
and the final portion was given to the descendants of disfavored son
Jean Ronald Getty (Jean Ronald only received $3000 a year in income from
Andrew Getty is the second of four sons Gordon Getty had with wife Ann.
1999, Gordon Getty made headlines when it was revealed he had a secret
family with girlfriend Cynthia Beck, fathering three daughters now aged
23, 25 and 29. He is worth $2 billion, according to Forbes.
Getty purchased his 70-year-old home in the Hollywood Hills in 1996
following the death of previous owner Miklos Rozsa, a three-time Academy
Award-winning film composer known for his work on Ben-Hur.
The home is worth an estimated $3.8 million according to real estate site Zillow.
The Getty family’s connection to the art world
Paul Getty was a great appreciator of art and left more than $661
million of his collection of art and antiques to his namesake museum in
Los Angeles on his death.
The J. Paul Getty Trust is the world’s wealthiest art institution with an endowment of about $5.6 billion, by a 2011 estimate.
The trust operates the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute.
The Getty Museum is one of Los Angeles’ biggest tourist attractions with 1.6 million visitors a year.