Wednesday, February 9, 2011

J. Paul "Aileen" Getty Balthazar III Dies

 J. Paul "Aileen" Getty Balthazar III Dies J. Paul Getty III Dies at 54  and born into one of the world's richest oil families, was a kidnap victim at 16. J. Paul Getty III grandson of American oil magnate J. Paul Getty, died Saturday in Buckinghamshire, England, at the age of 54. In 1973, Getty was abducted by the mafia, from a piazza in Rome. When his grandfather refused to send the requested ransom, Getty's kidnappers severed his right ear. He was released after four months in captivity. Perhaps the most disturbing part of the story: Getty's grandfather eventually ponied up a portion of the ransom and charged his son — J. Paul Getty II — interest for the remainder of the ransom.

A decade after the kidnapping, Getty fell into drugs and alcohol addiction, and suffered an incapacitating drug-induced stroke. His died Saturday after a long illness, and is survived by his two children, one of whom is actor Balthazar Getty.


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