Relative of deceased heiress Huguette Clark found dead in Wyoming, might have seen $19M inheritance

A homeless man who might have inherited $19 million left behind by a deceased New York City heiress has been found dead — never to see the ill-fated fortune that would have potentially changed his life.

Children found the body of 60-year-old Timothy Henry Gray beneath a Union Pacific Railroad overpass last Thursday in the mining town of Evanston, Wyo., NBC News reported Sunday.

Gray’s life appears a mystery, but the drifter may not exactly have been a pauper: He was found with a wallet containing a cashier’s check for a “significant amount,” according to NBC.Lt. Bill Jeffers, of the Evanston Police Department, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Sunday, but told NBC there was no sign of foul play. Gray reportedly died of hypothermia.

He was the adopted great-grandson of former U.S. Sen. William Andrews Clark, a wealthy Montana copper baron who built up the area around Las Vegas in the early 1900s.That lineage also made Gray the half great-nephew of Clark’s second daughter, Huguette, who amassed $307 million before her death in May 2011 — just shy of her 105th birthday.Huguette Clark, a generous philanthropist, became a recluse in her luxury Fifth Avenue pad in Manhattan. After she died, her savings became the center of a family dispute when she decided to leave nothing to her relatives, instead splitting her fortune among her nurse, a goddaughter, an attorney and other employees and philanthropic causes, NBC reported. She had no children.

A court-appointed official overseeing the heiress’ estate is trying to get those benefactors to relinquish the gifts, arguing that she was manipulated into signing them over.

“It does not appear that anyone in a position of power or authority ever intervened to ensure that Mrs. Clark possessed the requisite capacity to make gifts and was acting of her own free ill,” Deputy Public Administrator Joy Thompson wrote in a filing in May.

Currently, 19 relatives are trying to challenge her will. The case could reportedly go before a jury next year.

Should the relatives win, Gray’s estate could benefit to the tune of $19 million before taxes. But NBC said he had no children, so any share could end up divided among his siblings.An older brother told NBC that Gray was essentially homeless.“If we had proper mental health services in this country, we could have been notified and known to do something,” said a brother named Jerry.Attribution:Relative of deceased heiress Huguette Clark found dead in Wyoming, might have seen $19M inheritance
Timothy Henry Gray, 60, was found dead beneath a Union Pacific Railroad overpass last Thursday in the mining town of Evanston, according to a report. No foul play was suspected. Gray was the half great-nephew of Clark, who’s $307 million fortune is the subject of dispute.
Erik Ortiz
December 30, 2012
New York Daily News
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/relative-late-heiress-huguette-clark-found-dead-article-1.1229879
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