John Gilbert Getty’s daughter posts heartbreaking tribute and says she now has ‘two guardian angels’
JOHN Gilbert Getty’s daughter shared a heartbreaking tribute to social media and revealed she now has "two guardian angels."
The heir to the $5billion Getty fortune is survived by his 25-year-old daughter, Ivy Love Getty, who shared a touching tribute to her dad on social media over the weekend.
John passed away at the age of 52 on November 20 – he was found unresponsive at a hotel in San Antonio, Texas, just months after the death of his mom and nearly six years after the death of his brother.
He was the grandson of tycoon J. Paul Getty and son to Gordon Getty.
His daughter took to Instagram to share a handful of photos of her dad and a heartfelt message.
She wrote: "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)."
The other guardian angel she appeared to be referring to is her grandmother Ann Getty, who passed away in September at the age of 79.
Ivy also noted that she "hates" to post something so close to his death.
"People have taken it upon themselves to share the news I wish I could have released myself," she wrote. "I’ll write something better later."
Ivy's dad was set to inherit the Getty family fortune, which is estimated to be worth more than $5billion.
The 25-year-old later took to Instagram stories, and shared sweet tales about how her dad preferred to "drink" his ice-cream, letting it melt in the fridge – and how his "beast" guitar skills were down to his funky chords after teaching himself.
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."
Ivy – a socialite, model, world-traveler and an artist – is the grandchild of philanthropists Gordon and Ann Getty.
She also shared her father's love for music.
Her family also released a statement in the aftermath of John's death.
The family statement 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."
A cause of death was not given, although there is not believed to have been any foul play.
Meanwhile, the family, who once held the largest private fortune in America thanks to their lucrative oil fortune, have been plagued by mystery.
Back in 2015, John's brother Andrew was found dead at his LA home in after intestinal bleeding.
At the time, media reports questioned whether the death could have been a homicide although the coroner conceded Andrew's passing "was not a criminal act."
And according to MailOnline, a third Getty brother died from cancer and John's sister-in-law passed away due to a heroin overdose.
In 1973, a grandson of J Paul Getty – who started the lucrative oil firm – was kidnapped by Italian gangsters.
The criminals demanded $14 million in ransom and threatened to sever the youngster's finger, but Getty told them: "I have 14 other grandchildren, if I pay one penny now, then I’ll have 14 kidnapped grandchildren."
The sixteen-year-old was eventually released after the family coughed up $4 million – but not before his ear was lopped off and sent to an Italian newspaper.
The family made their fortune in the oil business with the company Getty Oil.
John's father, Gordon, helped sell the business for around $4.1 billion after his father's death in 1973.
The patriarch then split the fortune into six separate trusts and is estimated to be worth about $2 billion, says Forbes.
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