John Gilbert Getty was found dead with eyes and mouth open on his bed in an 'Indian style sitting pose'
John Gilbert Getty, the grandson of oil tycoon J Paul Getty, who died on November 20 at a hotel room, was found with “eyes & mouth open in Indian style sitting pose”. The 52-year-old died at the luxury Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas. His death came months after his mother died. A staff member at the hotel was the first who found Getty unresponsive inside the room. The staffer was sent to the heir’s room since he had not checked out on time and they were unable to reach him. The Sun reported that Getty was "cold to the touch" when his body was discovered.
According to a report compiled by Officer Rosendo Hoyos of the San Antonio Police Department that referred to Getty as SB1 and the hotel staffer as R1, “SB1 was found upstairs lying back on some pillows from an Indian style sitting position on his bed in front of his laptop. SB1 had his glasses in his left hand, eyes were open, mouth was open." Hoyos also mentioned that no sign of foul play was found at the scene and everything appeared "neat and orderly."
The official document said that a day before his death, on November 19, he sent a message to his assistant at 5:28 in the evening. The cause of Getty’s death is still not known and an autopsy is yet to be conducted. Also, the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office has placed a block so that information related to his death cannot be shared publicly.
Getty’s death came at a time when he was close to getting his family fortune, which is reportedly worth over $5 billion. Soon after his death, the family released a statement that read, “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."
Getty’s 25-year-old daughter, Ivy, also posted about her father on Instagram. She shared multiple pictures on the social media site with an emotional caption that read: “I hate to post something so soon, but people have taken it upon themselves to share the news I wish I could have released myself. I’ll write something better later... my father was awesome — coolest man to ever land on this planet and I will forever be the proudest daughter. Love you so much Dad....life is cruel sometimes.... I have not one, but two guardian angels watching over me now...here are some of my favorite pictures of him (and selfishly a couple of us)…”
On her post, several others also paid their tribute as one commented, “Ivy, I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. Sending lots of love to you & your family. Such lovely photos you have shared. You definitely have two guardian angels watching over you now.” Another one said: “I’m heartbroken to hear this sending u all the love in the world.” “Im so sorry for your Devastating loss Ivy And yes he will guide and watch over you. may he Rest In Peace and power,” the third one added.