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Grandson of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has died, university says

Financier T. Boone Pickens, seen in Washington in May 2010.
Financier T. Boone Pickens, seen in Washington in May 2010.Joshua Roberts / Reuters file

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Police are investigating the death of Thomas "Ty" Boone Pickens IV, the grandson of oilman T. Boone Pickens and a student at Texas Christian University, the school said Tuesday.

The university released a written statement Tuesday.

“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,” said Kathryn Cavins-Tull, TCU vice chancellor for student affairs. “Staff members are available if students need to speak with someone about this sad news.”

Read the complete story on reports Pickens was a junior strategic communication major.

The circumstances of Pickens' death were not immediately available. Fort Worth police Cpl. Tracey Knight said she had heard of the death but could not confirm if any investigation was under way or release any other details.

A spokeswoman for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner did not immediately return a call for comment.

A spokesperson for T. Boone Pickens said he was attending a family emergency in Fort Worth and offered no other details.