Police in Ft. Worth Texas may have the answer in the death of the grandson of Oklahoma State graduate and billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens.
NBC5 in Dallas is reporting that a drug overdose may have been the cause of death. Witnesses told police Pickens injected heroin and took the prescription pill Xanax sometime Monday.
Thomas Boone Pickens IV was taken to a Ft. Worth hospital in a private car on Tuesday and pronounced dead shortly after arrival. No cause of death has been determined but a spokesman for the Pickens family released the following statement:
"Ty's loss at such a young age is an unspeakable family tragedy for the entire Pickens family and his many friends. We mourn his passing and respectfully request that the family be allowed to grieve in private in this time of sorrow."
Reports say the Ft. Worth police answered a call for a dead person at an off campus apartment but the body had already been taken to the hospital.
The younger Pickens went by the name of Ty and was a student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. The university responded to his death late Tuesday. Dr. Kathy Cavins-Tull, TCU's vice chancellor for student affairs, released this statement.
"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."
Pickens was a junior and strategic communication major scheduled to graduate in 2014.