A homeless heir and the half-great nephew of heiress Huguette Clark has died, reported FOX on Dec. 30. The homeless man would have inherited $19 million of her fortune, which was approximately $300 million. The man, who appears to have died due to hypothermia, was found under a Union Pacific Railroad overpass in Wyoming.
The body was found by children on Thursday afternoon, and was later identified as 60-year-old Timothy Henry Gray. Police say they do not believe foul play was involved in the homeless man's death.
Siblings of Gray told media sources they haven't been in contact with him since 1990. Gray essentially vanished without a trace, and it is not known whether or how long he was living under the overpass.
Tim Gray was the adopted great-grandson of former Senator William Andrews Clark. Clark was thought of by many as the founder of Las Vegas. His daughter, Huguette Clark, was said to be a recluse and she died in 2011. She lived in various hospitals for nearly 20 years, and died at the ripe age of 104.
Surprisingly, Huguette Clark didn't leave her family any of her $300 million dollar fortune. Her relatives hadn't seen the reclusive Clark in at least 40 years, an occasional phone call or card was the sole means of communication.
There were disputes over her will between the relatives, and Lawyers tried to get in contact with Gray with about the Clark estate battle, but they were unsuccessful in finding him.
Gray had no children or a wife, and if he died without a will, his siblings would receive his $19 million share. However, this all depends if the court rules in favor of the relatives.
When Gray's body was taken in for examination by the coroner, he stated that a 2003 cashier's check for a large amount was found in his wallet.
Gray's brother, Jerry, told media sources,
"He was homeless essentially. If we had proper mental health services in this country, we could have been notified and known to do something."
Huguette Clark and her massive fortune first drew the media's attention in 2009 mainly because she had unused mansions that were in good condition. The relatives war over her estate is said to go in front of a jury around July 2013.