T. Boone Pickens' grandson, a TCU student, dies in Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH -- The grandson of legendary oil and gas executive T. Boone Pickens was pronounced dead at a local hospital Tuesday after he was driven to the facility in a private vehicle, authorities and TCU officials said.

Thomas Boone Pickens IV, 21, who went by Ty, was a junior at Texas Christian University.

Police are investigating.

A statement from Jay Rosser, the elder Pickens' spokesman, called the death an "unspeakable family tragedy," according to a report from The Associated Press.

"We mourn his passing and respectfully request that the family be allowed to grieve in private," Rosser said in the statement.

Ty Pickens was majoring in strategic communication at the university, according to TCU 360, the student media website.

"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," Dr. Kathy Cavins-Tull, TCU vice chancellor for student affairs, said in a statement released Tuesday by the university. "Staff members are available if students need to speak with someone about this sad news."

Police investigators were notified of the death by hospital officials.

Police did not identify the victim, but they noted that investigators were told that someone had driven the victim to the hospital from an address in the 1800 block of Rogers Road north of the TCU campus.

The person was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

"This is now a death investigation," Officer Sharron Neal, a department spokeswoman, said Tuesday. "We're looking into all aspects."

Police went to the apartment residence on Rogers Road at about 9:30 a.m. to interview witnesses.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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