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Sadly, J. Paul Getty III Dies

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Balthazar Getty Father Dies

So sad. Pictured above is his son, Balthazar Getty.

We're finding out that J. Paul Getty III passed away Saturday, in Buckinghamshire, England, due to a lengthy illness.

You might remember him as the kidnapped and, terribly, mutilated victim from 1973. His grandfather, Jean Paul Getty, was an oil magnate.

Balthazar remembers his dad:

"[He] taught us how to live our lives and overcome obstacles and extreme adversity."

That he did.

A bit about what he went through:

"At the age of 16, Getty was abducted in Rome by kidnappers who said he was being held by the Mafia. His father and grandfather, then the richest man in the world (and notoriously the cheapest, with a pay phone in his London mansion), thought it a hoax and refused to pay the $3 million requested ransom. Four months later, they received a package containing a lock of hair and a human ear.

Threatening to dismember their victim "piece by piece," the kidnappers also sent photos of the young Getty. Eventually, the grandfather paid $2.2 million and lent his son the remainder of the $3 million – with interest. Getty was released on Dec. 15, 1973, his grandfather's 81st birthday."

Horrible, right? We definitely understand what Balthazar means when he talks about overcoming adversity.

Our hearts go out to the Getty family in these tough times!

[Image via Mavrix Online.]

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8 comments to “Sadly, J. Paul Getty III Dies”

  1. 1

    A lil late on that one?? He died yesterday. I was unsure of the Getty Family but if read the transcripts, it was a pretty horrible ordeal?

  2. 2

    Yeah, but some of those Getty's are crazy cheapskates too. For instance, J. Paul Getty III wouldn't have had his ear cut off by the kidnappers if his grandfather, Jean Paul Getty wouldn't cough up the money in time. When he did pay, he charged his son (J. Paul Getty III 's dad) interest on paying him back the money!!!!

    J. Paul Getty III suffered a stroke (due to drugs) back in 1981 and has been impaired and blind since then. Sad sad life.

  3. 3

    What an idiot was the father of him for not paying and let his son suffer???

  4. 4

    Re: Anuschka – Father didn't have enough cash so he asked his old man (the original J Paul Getty). The grandfather said kept saying "no". Eventually, the grandfather caved in and negotiated for a smaller amount of money!!! I think the grandfather ended up paying around 3 million (or 2.9 ?) . Anyway, the money was given with the understanding that J Paul Getty II (the victim's father) would repay the loan with interest!!

  5. 5

    Re: Anuschka – go wiki the man and educate yourself.

  6. Wally says – reply to this


    So, unfortunately, he was a party kid. He planned, with his german "friends", to stage a kidnaping for drug money. When his grandfather refused to pay, his friends sold Paul to mafia, who in turn, held him for several months. They finally cut off his ear to get paid. The father knew it was a setup at first so he refused to pay. Once the mob got him, all jokes were off. Once released, he OD and had a stroke. He was an invalid the rest of his poor life. Sad… really sad…

  7. 7

    I earned the Getty Oil Company shareholders 4 Billion Bucks
    On the Reserve acquisition; the way they treat me — it really sucks!
    As the Getty inheritors bask in glee;
    All I asked for was that they look after me.
    Four billion dollars they earned on Reserve
    My fee I surely deserve.
    It turns out J.P. Getty may have been a Nazi;
    His family even goes back to Germany.
    With Hitler, Goring & Goebbels he did stand;
    While trying to undermine the American land!
    For paintings & artifacts he did receive
    With his oil he was able to deceive?
    Hoover & the FBI and Roosevelt they knew
    That J.P. Getty & espionage he drew!
    Many a young lad and Jew did die
    As planes dropped bombs from the sky.
    For years while Getty sat in Berlin
    He may have committed many a sin.
    The ashes and smoke from the chimneys it rose
    While old man Getty sat cozy; he chose.
    With artwork held tightly under his arm
    Still dripping in blood — as the real owner met harm.
    Into the ovens & on meat-hooks, bullets between the eyes
    Listen very carefully you can still hear their cries!
    While the Gettys sit in England; at their estate at Wormsley
    And Gordon sings in San Francisco
    With his 727 in tow.
    The Getty museum sits atop Malibu
    While the corpses of World War 2 scream — J.P. Getty — We know you!

  8. 8

    Hadn't seen this before.
    When i was in art school, there were many discussion on how sleezy this family was. No big surprise though.