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Coroner: Getty Heir Did An 8 Ball Of Meth A Day But Died From Ulcers
The coroner has released his report on Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old oil dynasty heir who was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home in March.The coroner found that Getty was suffering from heart disease and had toxic levels of methamphetamine in his body, according to the Los Angeles Times. His sometime girlfriend Lanessa DeJonge, 32, told investigators that he consumed an 8 ball of meth per day. Meth was a contributing factor to his death, but the coroner said that ultimately he died from ulcers so severe that they caused intestinal hemorrhaging, TMZ reports.
Getty, the grandson of billionaire oil baron J. Paul Getty and the son of San Francisco socialites Ann and Gordon P. Getty, was found in his 8-bedroom home on Montcalm Avenue on March 31. The night before he was found dead, an assistant knocked on the door of his bathroom and didn't get an answer—but this wasn't out of the ordinary for Getty. The next day around 2:20 p.m. DeJonge found Getty lying in the doorway of his bathroom in a pretty gruesome scene, described this way by the Times:
Spread across Getty’s lower body were several unspent shotgun shells, officials said. Blood was smeared across his right leg, on the floor and in the toilet, and a stream of blood had flowed from where Getty’s head partly sat in a sideways laundry basket, according to the report.
Because it was a bloody scene, police took DeJonge in for questioning, but they quickly ruled out foul play. Only two weeks earlier, Getty had filed a restraining order against her, alleging that she was physically abusive.
The coroner's report mentions that there were three glass pipes and two used syringes found near Getty's bed. There was also a plastic container of sushi in front of a flat screen TV that was broadcasting footage from the home's surveillance cameras.