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Cause of death for Pickens' grandson weeks away

  • Associated Press
  • January 30, 2013 - 2:00 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas - Authorities say a determination of the cause of death of the 21-year-old grandson of Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens could take two to four weeks.

Linda Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County medical examiner, says an autopsy is being conducted Wednesday on the body of Thomas Boone Pickens IV.

The grandson, known as Ty, was enrolled as a junior at Texas Christian University. Police were dispatched after receiving a report of a dead person at an off-campus location Tuesday morning. Police said Pickens was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The elder Pickens made much of his fortune in oil drilling but has since become an advocate for alternative energy.

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