The daughter of Getty oil heir John Gilbert Getty has paid tribute to her late father who was found dead at a San Antonio hotel on Friday, six years after his brother Andrew died.
The Getty family announced the death of the musician in a statement on Monday but no cause of death was given. Authorities say the 52-year-old was found unresponsive in his hotel room but foul play is not suspected.
John’s only daughter Ivy, 25, shared a moving tribute to her father in a social media post coupled with a number of family photos where she is pictured with her dad over the years.
‘My father was awesome- coolest man to ever land on this planet and I will forever be the proudest daughter,’ she wrote in an Instagram post.
‘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).’
Getty’s death comes nearly six years after his brother Andrew died of a hemorrhage in 2015 with a toxic level of methamphetamine in his system, and only two months after their mother Ann died of a heart attack at age 79.
Ivy continued to memorialize her father in a series of Instagram stories on Monday and Tuesday with fun facts about Getty, the musician son of classical music composer Gordon Getty.
‘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,’ she said.
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
Ivy is the granddaughter of classical music composer Gordon Getty (pictured center with John Gilbert and Ivy) who is heir to billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty’s $5billion fortune
John Gilbert Getty, 52, was an heir to billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. His cause of death is currently unknown but foul play is not suspected, authorities said
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)
Ivy spoke of how ‘proud’ she was to be the only ‘consistent’ woman in her father’s life as she reflected on his womanizing ways. Ivy was born in 1994 to Getty and mother Alyssa Jewels (right) who she described as ‘the only woman I would want my father to be with’
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 tumour 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 haemorrhage and also had a toxic level of methamphetamine in his system.
She spoke of how ‘proud’ she was to be the only ‘consistent’ woman in her father’s life and reflected on his womanizing ways.
‘I don’t think there was a single girlfriend he had that I wasn’t a complete b***h to. I liked being his only child and it felt like it was just us two,’ she wrote in a story.
‘He was quite the heartbreaker and I remember I used to get flooded by Facebook messages from random women trying to contact me to reach my father lol.’
Ivy was born in 1994 to Getty and mother Alyssa Boothby, who she described as ‘the only woman I would want my father to be with.’
‘There was literally no way my parents would ever get back together lol – but they always were sweet and I never had to deal with them fighting with each other,’ she added.
Getty noted that Fiji water was her dad’s favorite water, Whispering Angel was his favorite rosé and that ‘he loved ice cream and putting it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before consumption. He wanted to eat it (or really drink it like a soup).’
Ivy told how her father split his time between London and Los Angeles and praised his guitar skills.
She wrote: ‘He was an absolute beast at any instrument but his favorite was guitar. He held all the chords totally different that anyone else because he taught himself.’
Other members of the Getty family also posted their condolences underneath Ivy’s posts.
August Getty, son of Ariadne Getty, the granddaughter of the late family patriarch, wrote: ‘Two beautiful angels, I love you so much.’
August’s sister Nats Getty wrote: ‘Love you Ivy.’
Getty’s death was announced on Monday night in a statement released by a spokesperson for his composer father.
‘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.’
Why John, who had split his time between London and LA, was in a San Antonio hotel room at the time of his death is unclear.
In 2018, the LA Times reported that he had bought a $3.9million Hollywood Hills home in California.
Although there are no signs of foul play in his death, it is the latest episode in a long line of tragedies which have led some to speak of a ‘Getty curse’.
She admitted ‘there was literally no way my parents would ever get back together’
In a series of stories, she shared fun facts about her father including his favorite drinks, snacks and cities
Ivy told how her father ‘loved keeping up’ with her life and always welcomed her and her friends at his home when they flew to LA
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
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 brother of five born to the oil tycoon, and is among his many heirs which include several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
While the heirs of the oil tycoon have managed to maintain a significant share of the family fortune, the money has not shielded subsequent generations from drug addiction, premature death, tabloid scandal and violent attacks.
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.
In March 2015, John’s brother Andrew Getty was found dead by his girlfriend at a Hollywood Hills mansion, aged 47.
Los Angeles medical examiners said he died of an accidental gastrointestinal hemorrhage and also had a toxic level of methamphetamine in his system.
Following his death, his father Gordon filed a creditor’s claim for $14.1million because he had given his son more than $10million in loans from the family fortune.
He also requested back 55 pieces of art that he had loaned to his son, and repayment for some of his son’s expenses, TMZ reported at the time.
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’
John was the cousin of fellow heir J. Paul Getty III (pictured), who was sensationally kidnapped in Italy in 1973 and had his ear cut off by the mobsters who abducted him
Gordon Getty – the father of deceased brothers John and Andrew – and his wife Ann at a wedding in Britain in 1973
Dutch-born actress Talitha Pol (pictured with her son Tara Gabriel Gramophone Galaxy Getty), the wife of J. Paul Getty II, died of a heroin overdose in 1971
John and Andrew’s father, Gordon lost his brother Timmy to a brain tumor as a child and another to a suspected suicide, while sister-in-law Talitha Pol died from a heroin overdose.
Pol, a Dutch actress and ‘Bohemian beauty’ with her own jet-setting background, married J. Paul Getty Jr in 1966 but was estranged from him by the time of their death.
Getty Jr, later known as Sir Paul Getty after receiving an honorary knighthood in Britain, was a philanthropist and cricket fan who died in 2003.
In 1973, another of the tycoon’s grandsons, J. Paul Getty III, was kidnapped by Italian gangsters in Rome and held to a ransom which Getty Sr initially refused to pay.
‘I have 14 grandchildren and if I pay one penny ransom, I’ll have 14 kidnapped grandchildren,’ he said.
However, he is eventually thought to have coughed up around $3million after the kidnappers cut off the teenager’s ear and threatened to return him piece by piece.
The episode was made into a 2017 movie, All the Money in the World, which later drew attention because Kevin Spacey was hurriedly edited out after sexual misconduct allegations.
In subsequent years, Getty III began using drugs including cocaine and heroin and in 1981 suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed and nearly blind. He died in 2011.
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’
Ivy Getty is pictured with her parents including John, left, who passed away on Friday
Ivy told how her father split his time between London and Los Angeles and praised his guitar skills
Gordon Getty, the father of John and Andrew and five other adult children – including three with mistress Cynthia Beck – is a classical musician and philanthropist who facilitated the sale of his father’s business, Getty Oil, after the billionaire died in 1976.
In 1995 he founded a winery called PlumpJack with now-California governor Gavin Newsom, according to People.
Gordon, whose net worth is estimated by Forbes at $2.1billion, married Ann Gilbert in 1964 and Andrew and John were two of their four children.
However, in 1999 it emerged that he had a second family in Los Angeles that included three daughters, who had filed court papers to change their last names to Getty.
Getty Sr’s youngest child, Timothy Ware Getty, suffered a brain tumor aged six and died at the age of 12 in 1958.
The oil baron’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.
At one time the richest person in the world, Getty Sr was married five times and had his five sons by four of his wives.
Getty became one of the financial giants of the 20th century after he took over his father’s oil business and built it into Getty Oil, a multinational conglomerate with holdings all over the world.
A prominent art collector, he bequeathed much of his personal fortune to the Getty Museum with its sprawling campus on a Los Angeles mountaintop.
John Gilbert Getty is pictured in a photo from his daughter’s Instagram page