CRIME

Police investigating death of man at Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty

  • An officer stands outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

    An officer stands outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 10, 1976 file photo, Gordon Getty with his son Andrew leaves the Wilshire United Methodist church after memorial services for J. Paul Getty, in Los Angeles. A man has been found dead at the Hollywood Hills home of Andrew Getty, grandson of the late J. Paul Getty and heir to the Getty oil fortune - but they haven’t confirmed that it is Getty. Los Angeles police Officer Jack Richter says officers went to the home shortly after 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, after a woman called to say someone in the house had died. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this June 10, 1976 file photo, Gordon Getty with his son Andrew leaves the Wilshire United Methodist church after memorial services for J. Paul Getty, in Los Angeles. A man has been found dead at the Hollywood Hills home of Andrew Getty, grandson of the late J. Paul Getty and heir to the Getty oil fortune - but they haven’t confirmed that it is Getty. Los Angeles police Officer Jack Richter says officers went to the home shortly after 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, after a woman called to say someone in the house had died. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this 1986 file photo, Gordon Getty, American composer and billionaire poses for a portrait. A man has been found dead at the Hollywood Hills home of Andrew Getty, son of Gordon Getty and grandson of the late J. Paul Getty and heir to the Getty oil fortune - but they haven’t confirmed that it is Getty. Los Angeles police Officer Jack Richter says officers went to the home shortly after 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, after a woman called to say someone in the house had died. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this 1986 file photo, Gordon Getty, American composer and billionaire poses for a portrait. A man has been found dead at the Hollywood Hills home of Andrew Getty, son of Gordon Getty and grandson of the late J. Paul Getty and heir to the Getty oil fortune - but they haven’t confirmed that it is Getty. Los Angeles police Officer Jack Richter says officers went to the home shortly after 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, after a woman called to say someone in the house had died. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of Getty oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, but officials didn't say if the body was that of J. Paul Getty's grandson.

A woman calling to report that someone had died sent officers to the gated home on Montcalm Avenue shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found the man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials will determine how he died, Richter said.

Richter and other police officials would not immediately confirm media reports that the dead man was Getty, 47.

The woman was interviewed by investigators but not arrested, Richter said. He said he did not know her identity.

Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the woman was cooperating with the investigation.

Getty is one of four sons of Gordon Getty, a San Francisco multibillionaire who is among the richest men in the United States.

Coroner's vans and news trucks were parked outside the century-old luxury home on one of the winding roads in the hills that are home to many of the film industry elite.

Calls to numbers associated with Andrew Getty and Gordon Getty were not immediately returned.

A man who answered the door at the Getty family's San Francisco home said the family didn't have a statement at this time. A lawyer listed in court records as an attorney for Andrew Getty also had no comment.

Andrew Getty's grandfather J. Paul Getty was an industrialist who founded the Getty Oil Co. and was at one point named the richest living American by Fortune magazine. He had five sons and died in 1976 at age 82.

J. Paul Getty was an avid collector of art and antiquities, and the Getty name is best known in the Los Angeles area for the museum that houses much of it, along with many other high-priced artworks bought since his death.

Another Getty grandson, J. Paul Getty III, died in 2011 at age 54 after losing an ear in a grisly kidnapping in Rome when he was a teenager. The family reportedly stalled on paying a ransom, and the kidnappers cut off part of his ear, sending the severed organ to a newspaper to prove they had taken him captive.

The oil heir, then 16, was freed after five months in captivity and a payment of $2.7 million.