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Tycoon’s Grandson Dies, T. Boone Pickens’ Family Mourns TCU Student

Tycoon's Grandson Dies

T. Boone Pickens’ family learned this week that the tycoon’s grandson had died, and the young man’s death is currently under investigation.

The tycoon’s grandson, Thomas Boone Pickens IV, 21, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Tuesday, Texas Christian University officials confirmed. The younger Pickens had been driven to the facility in a “private vehicle,” meaning no ambulance had been called, but, as of now, little is known about the college student’s death or the events leading up to it.

Authorities say the tycoon’s grandson’s death sparked an investigation, and the case is being examined to determine the circumstances under which Thomas Boone Pickens IV died.

Following news of his death, TCU released a statement saying:

“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.”

Police say that, before the tycoon’s grandson died, he was confirmed to be at an address “north of campus,” but little else has been disclosed about the hours before he died.

Jay Rosser, a spokesman for T. Boone Pickens, said the unexpected passing of the tycoon’s grandson was an “unspeakable family tragedy,” and said in a statement:

“We mourn his passing and respectfully request that the family be allowed to grieve in private.”

Prior to his passing, Thomas Boone Pickens IV had majored at TCU in strategic communications and was a junior at the school. Police confirmed to press that prior to Pickens’ arrival at the hospital, a report was received of a “dead person at an off-campus location around 9:30 AM Tuesday.”

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4 Responses to “Tycoon’s Grandson Dies, T. Boone Pickens’ Family Mourns TCU Student”

  1. Janet Pokrinchak

    What do you want to bet drugs are involved. These spoiled rich kids have nothing better to do than to get high. Heaven forbid they should contribute anything to society.

  2. Anonymous

    What difference does it make to you, the cause of death? Maybe it was drugs, maybe it was a birth defect, maybe it was a ham sandwich. Why does it have to be "spoiled, rich kids" that deserve your ire? What if it was your son or grandson? What if you had some money and this happened to you? Would you want strangers that have NO idea of anything about the family spouting stupid vitriol like this about him?
    Here's an idea… save your spite until at least after you know how he died. I know, I know… should it show to be natural causes or something other than drugs, you'll probably say it was some kind of cover-up.

  3. Andrew Gardner

    When my daughter was born, she got very sick and I held her as she nearly died. I think every day about holding my dying little girl. The baby who came out of the coma had brain damage and was not the same baby who had gotten sick. Unless you have been there, you will never begin to imagine the pain and the grief that the Pickens family must be feeling. Some things in life just suck- and it is our humanity and common suffering that binds us. Rich or poor- young or old- how we support those around us in these times dictates our humanity. I hope that everyone who reads this article has a prayer in their heart for the Pickens family today and will go out and do something to help one of their friends- rich or poor- to succor them in their low place. Now is the time, as Jesus said, to "Mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those who stand in need of comfort."

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