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Son of billionaire Ron Burkle dead at age 26

Andrew Burkle was declared dead at his home in Beverly Hills, California, after being found unresponsive.
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Ron Burkle and Andrew Burkle at a 50th anniversary gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April 2015.Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images for LACMA file

The son of California billionaire Ron Burkle was found dead at his home in Beverly Hills, California, the Los Angeles County coroner said Tuesday.

Andrew Burkle, 26, was found unresponsive Monday and declared dead at the scene at about 7:30 p.m., the coroner's office said in a statement. The family confirmed the news and asked the public to respect their privacy.

"Andrew was known as a young man full of life and entrepreneurial energy," the family said in a statement. "Everyone he met commented on his humble demeanor and strong work ethic."

The coroner's office did not release a cause of death.

Andrew Burkle is listed as an associate producer for a 2019 comedy titled "Airplane Mode," according to the Internet Movie Database. He was a producer at In Good Company Films alongside his business partner, Andrew Alter.

"Andrew Burkle was an amazing human being who made everyone he ever met feel special, no matter who they were, where they came from or what they believed in," Alter said. "I'm thankful to have had someone this special as both a friend and a partner."

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Burkle is survived by his father; his mother, Janet Duitson; a brother, John Burkle; and a sister, Carrie Harr.

Ron Burkle, a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team who formed the investment firm Yucaipa in 1986, invests in private companies that support the food trade, according to Forbes. He has also invested in such tech companies as Airbnb and Uber.

Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux described Andrew Burkle as "a bright, creative, energetic young man with a dynamic future ahead of him."

"Everyone in our organization knows that he was such a big part of his Dad's life, and one of the many things they shared together was their love of Penguins hockey," Lemieux said in a statement Tuesday.