Thomas Boone Pickens IV, called Ty, and grandson of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, died yesterday from what is suspected to be a drug overdose.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. He Took Heroin and Xanax
One witness told NBC5 News that Ty took the prescription drug Xanax and later injected heroin in the hours before he died.
2. His Grandfather Is Crazy Rich
Ty’s father is the youngest son of oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens, who has a net worth of over $1.2 billion and is rated by Forbes as the 360th-richest person in America.
3. He Was A Student
Pickens was junior at Texas Christian University where he was majoring in strategic communications. even though his grandfather has donated more than $400 million to his own alma mater, Oklahoma State University.
4. He Wasn’t Found Until Hours Later
Investigators went to the home where Pickens was taken to the hospital from and the man that answered the door confirmed that he and his cousin, both students at TCU, were with Pickens Monday night. This student said that they left Pickens alone to go to the store, and when they returned, he looked to be sleeping. When he wouldn’t wake up on Tuesday morning, Pickens’ roommate’s cousin drove him to the hospital at around 9:30 AM.
5. He Was Just 21 Years Old
6. There Will Be No Investigation
A spokesperson for the police said that “there is no evidence of foul play, so we are not investigating this as a homicide or suicide or anything at this point,” according to Daily Mail.
7. His Friends Are Mourning on Social Media
One friend commented on a picture of him on his Facebook page “One hell of an angel if you ask me.” Another said, ‘Love and miss you Cheese! Never will forget you.’ Many people took to Twitter to express themselves, as well.
8. His Grandfather Now Champions Alternative Energy Sources
T. Boone Pickens started his career in the oil industry in 1956 when he founded Mesa Petroleum. He gained a reputation in the 80s as a “corporate raider” by expanding and buyout out other companies. Now, he is working towards getting Americans to use fewer fossil fuels, and encourages the use of alternative energy like wind, solar and natural gas. He is planning to build the world’s largest wind farm in Texas, as well.
9. The Cause of His Death is Unconfirmed
Police searched the condo where Pickens lived, but they have not yet decided if any charges will be placed against anyone involved in the drug use.
10. News Spread Fast Around Campus
News of Pickens’ death and its possible drug connection spread fast around campus, especially considering there was a highly publicized drug raid at TCU just last year. The University also issued a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of this member of our community and our hearts and thoughts are with Ty’s family at this time. Staff members are available if students need to speak with someone about this sad news.”
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