Getty, 52, was found unresponsive at the luxury Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas, on November 20 – just months after the death of his mom and nearly six years after the death of his brother. According to a police report, Getty was found dead while in an “Indian style sitting pose” with both his eyes and mouth wide open. The hotel staffer told police he entered Getty’s room because the noon check-out time had passed and they were unable to get hold of him.
Associated with meditation or yoga, the pose which Getty was found in is when a person sits with their legs tightly crossed with the soles of their feet facing the ceiling. It’s known in yoga as the lotus pose.
In the report, it also stated that Getty’s assistant had last received a text from him on November 19 at 5:28pm – the day before he died.
The 52-year-old was set to inherit the Getty family fortune, which is estimated to be worth more than $5 billion. When his death was announced, the family released a statement that said: “With a heavy heart, Gordon Getty announces the death of his son, John Gilbert Getty.
“John leaves behind his daughter, Ivy Getty, whom he loved beyond measure, and his brothers Peter and Billy. His brother, Andrew, predeceased John.
“John’s mother, Ann Gilbert Getty, passed this September
“John was a talented musician who loved rock and roll. He will be deeply missed.”
The latest death in the family is part of the long and sorry saga of the Getty clan, which includes the 1973 Mafia kidnapping of a 16-year-old John Paul Getty III.
His grandad J Paul refused to pay the ransom of £12million (equivalent to £70million today) so the Mob cut off John Paul’s ear and sent it to a newspaper in Rome. Renowned miser J Paul eventually coughed up, but only after the US government negotiated a ransom figure of about £1.6million, the maximum that would be tax deductible. The kidnapping was the subject of Ridley Scott’s 2017 movie All The Money In The World — and it seems even that film could not escape the Getty curse. Actor Kevin Spacey was cast as J Paul, but had to be replaced after filming came to a close when sexual abuse allegations broke. His scenes were then re-shot, with Christopher Plummer taking over the role.