Homeless Heir Death: What Will Happen To The Millions Timothy Henry Gray Stood To Inherit?

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on December 31, 2012 12:32 PM EST

A homeless heir to the fortune of U.S. Senator William A. Clark (pictured here in 1906)  has died, leaving behind countless questions about the mysterious heiress and beneficiary, Timothy Henry Gray.
A homeless heir to the fortune of U.S. Senator William A. Clark (pictured here in 1906) has died, leaving behind countless questions about the mysterious heiress and beneficiary, Timothy Henry Gray. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A homeless heir has frozen to death after being in a position to inherit a staggering $19 million.

Timothy Henry Gray's body was found by children while they were sledding under an overpass in Evanston, Wyoming on Thursday. Temperatures plummeted to about 10 degrees that day, sending the 60-year-old man, who was the half great-nephew of New York heiress Huguette Clark, into a fatal state of hypothermia.

There was no evidence of foul play, according to Lieutenant Bull Jeffers of the Evanston Police Department. The police are fairly certain that Gray, who was wearing a very light jacket, froze to death in the dangerous temperatures. Nevertheless, it is unclear whether Gray was living under the overpass - and, if so, for how long.

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"He was homeless essentially," Gray's older brother, Jerry, told NBC News. "If we had proper mental health services in this country, we could have notified and known to do something."

Gray was an adopted great-grandson of former U.S. Senator William Andrews Clark, who amassed a huge fortune with smelters, electric companies, newspapers, railroads and other businesses. He soon became known as one of the "Copper Kings" of Butte, Montana, along with Marcus Daly and F. Augustus Heinze

But Gray barely knew Huguette Clark, who died in 2011 at 104. When the heiress died, she left behind a massive estate of more than $300 million. Clark, described as a mysterious hermit, left most of her money to her doctors, nurses, lawyer and accountant, a museum and art foundation.

She was the youngest daughter of the senator - and remained an enigma most of her life. She had few friends and lived in New York City hospitals for the last 20 years she lived. Many of the heiress' relatives were incensed when they weren't left a penny in her will.

But two of the biggest mysteries in the inexplicable saga have been why the heiress left Gray so much money, and why Gray was homeless despite reportedly having access to some of the senator's riches. Today - long after Huguette Clark passed away - those questions still remain.

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