John Getty, a grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty and heir to the estimated $5billion family fortune, was found dead while in an ‘Indian style sitting pose’ with both his eyes and mouth wide open, DailyMail.com can reveal.
According to a police report obtained by DailyMail.com Getty’s body was discovered by staff in a $500 a night suite at the luxury Hotel Emma in downtown San Antonio, Texas on November 20.
The hotel staffer told police he entered Getty’s room because it had past the noon check out time and they were unable to get hold of him.
John Gilbert Getty, 52, was an heir to billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. He was found dead while in an ‘Indian style sitting pose’ with both his eyes and mouth wide open, DailyMail.com can reveal. The cause of death is currently unknown but foul play is not suspected, authorities said
According to a police report obtained by DailyMail.com Getty’s body was discovered by staff in a $500 a night suite at the luxury Hotel Emma in downtown San Antonio, Texas on November 20
When the hotel staffer entered he found Getty on the bed, said he was ‘cold to the touch’ and he was unable to wake him. The San Antonio Police Department report, compiled by Officer Rosendo Hoyos, refers to Getty as SB1 and the hotel staffer as R1. It states: ‘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’
When he entered he found Getty on the bed, said he was ‘cold to the touch’ and he was unable to wake him.
The San Antonio Police Department report, compiled by Officer Rosendo Hoyos, refers to Getty as SB1 and the hotel staffer as R1.
It states: ‘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.’
The officer said there were no signs of foul play and everything appeared ‘neat and orderly’.
Getty, 52, was pronounced dead at 12.33pm by the San Antonio Fire Department, the report states.
The document states that hotel staff had said Getty had been staying at the hotel for almost three weeks, since November 1, but it was later discovered that Getty’s personal assistant and friend had dropped him off at the hotel on November 6.
Ivy Getty, pictured right, paid tribute to her father John Gilbert Getty on Instagram after he was found dead in a Texas hotel room on Friday
His daughter, Ivy Getty, posted a loving tribute to her father along with some photos of the pair
Ivy memorialized her father in a series of touching Instagram stories on Monday. She shared of photo of the ‘Getty boys’ in which her father (in pink) is seen alongside his late brother Andrew (right) and surviving siblings Peter (bottom middle) and Billy (left)
The assistant, referred to as O2 in the report, stated that he last received a text from Getty on November 19 at 5.28pm, the day before he died.
According to the assistant Getty was in the process of moving from California to San Antonio, according to the report.
The report also refers to another individual, referred to as NOK 01, whom the police contacted after finding his number under ICE in Getty’s phone.
ICE is the street name commonly used to describe the drug crystal methamphetamine.
Tragic history of the Getty family ‘curse’
ABDUCTION DRAMA: J. Paul Getty III, the grandson of the family patriarch, was sensationally kidnapped in Rome in 1973, aged 16.
When his notoriously tight-fisted grandfather refused to pay ransom, the abductors cut off the boy’s ear and mailed it to his family. Getty eventually relented and paid a $3million ransom.
The teenager survived but began using drugs and suffered a debilitating stroke in his 20s. He died aged 54.
CHILD DEATH: The oil baron’s youngest child, Timothy Ware Getty, suffered a brain tumor aged six and died at the age of 12 in 1958.
Getty’s then-wife Teddy, a former nightclub singer, later wrote in a memoir that the tycoon had admonished her over the boy’s expensive medical bills.
They divorced soon after Timothy’s death, but Teddy lived until 2017 when she died aged 103. Another of Getty’s sons, George, died in a suspected suicide in 1973.
HEROIN DEATH: Talitha Pol, a Dutch actress who married J. Paul Getty Jr in 1966, died of a heroin overdose five years later in 1971.
Pol had lived her own jet-setting life and was the subject of a famous photo with her husband on a Marrakech rooftop in 1969.
SECOND FAMILY: Gordon Getty had his own brush with scandal in 1999 when the father of four sons with his wife, Ann, acknowledged he had a second family in Los Angeles that included three daughters.
The acknowledgement came after the daughters filed court papers to change their last names to Getty.
FOUND DEAD AT HOME: Andrew Getty, another grandson of the oil tycoon, was found dead by his girlfriend at his Hollywood Hills mansion in 2015. He was 47.
Coroners found he had died of an accidental intestinal hemorrhage and also had a toxic level of methamphetamine in his system.
However, the person – possibly a drug dealer – claimed he had not talked to Getty in years.
The nature of Getty’s death is still not yet clear, with an autopsy yet to take place, but foul play is not suspected.
Unusually a block has been put on any information being released publicly by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Hotel Emma is a 146-room luxury boutique hotel built within a 19th century brew house in the Pearl’s community of downtown San Antonio.
A spokesperson for the San Antonio Fire Department told DailyMail.com: ‘SAFD received the call at 12:17pm for a reported DOA (dead on arrival).
‘Notes indicate hotel staff located the patient in their room and called 911. Upon our arrival the patient was found to be deceased.’
The Indian-style pose Getty was found in is one often associated with meditation or yoga in which a person sits with their legs tightly crossed, the soles of their feet facing the ceiling.
This position is known in yoga as the lotus pose (Padmasana).
When the death first emerged last week The Getty family confirmed the news saying he was found unresponsive in a hotel room in San Antonio, Texas, and paid tribute to an ‘awesome’ father and musician who leaves behind a daughter and two brothers.
‘With a heavy heart, Gordon Getty announces the death of his son, John Gilbert Getty,’ said a spokesperson for his composer father.
‘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.’
It comes nearly six years after John’s brother Andrew died of a hemorrhage in 2015 with a toxic level of methamphetamine in his system, and only two months after the death of their mother Ann, who died from a heart attack at age 79.
John was also the cousin of tragic heir J. Paul Getty III, who was sensationally kidnapped for ransom as a teenager in 1973 and who later suffered a debilitating stroke and died aged 54 nine years ago.
John was one of seven children born to Gordon Getty, once the sole benefactor of the Getty family’s $5.4billion fortune before he split it up into six separate trusts in 1985.
Gordon, 86, is the only surviving child of five sons born to the oil tycoon, and is among his many heirs which include several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ivy Getty, John’s 25-year-old daughter, shared a moving tribute on social media over the weekend, coupled with a number of photos where she is pictured with her father.
In a series of stories, she shared fun facts about her father including his favorite drinks, snacks and cities
John’s death comes nearly six years after his brother Andrew, pictured, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills mansion in 2015 aged 47
John Gilbert Getty was the heir to the family fortune which goes back to oil tycoon J. Paul Getty (pictured left) and is estimated to be worth more than $5billion. John’s father Gordon Getty (right), a son of the family patriarch, announced the 52-year-old’s death
The family fortune made by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty is now shared among dozens of descendants, but the family has also been struck by a series of tragedies which has led some to speak of a Getty ‘curse’
Ivy Getty continued to memorialize her father in her Instagram stories on Monday
Ivy Getty, 25, called her father, ‘the most important man in my life’
‘My father was awesome- coolest man to ever land on this planet and I will forever be the proudest daughter,’ she wrote.
‘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).’
Ivy continued to memorialize her father in a series of Instagram stories on Monday.
She shared numerous photos interspersed with fun facts about her father. She wrote: ‘My dad would absolutely love if I shared photos of him and talked about how much he meant to me so I am doing that.’