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Homeless heir to fortune dies of hypothermia

February 04 2013
Man who could have inherited $19 million had disappeared after his mother’s death


A homeless man who was heir to a huge railroad fortune was found dead in Wyoming in December.

According to reports in the Huffington Post, Timothy Henry Gray was the 60-year-old half great-nephew of Huguette Clark, a reclusive multimillionaire and daughter of former US Senator William Andrews Clark, a wealthy copper miner, railroad builder and the founder of Las Vegas.

The body was found under a Union Pacific Railroad overpass by children who were playing in the snow. The Coroner said cold weather conditions, which had dropped to sub-zero, led to hypothermia and there was no foul play suspected.

Gray, who could have inherited $19 million of his relative’s $300 million fortune, had become homeless after disappearing following his mother’s death in 1990. His siblings were told they stand to inherit a share of his wealth, the Associated Press reported.

Huguette, who became reclusive in the 1930s, had lived most of her later years in and out of New York hospitals until she died in May 2011. Although she had signed two wills, only one of which said she would leave her money to her family, it was thought that Gray would still have been entitled to a slice of her fortune.