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 hospital Tuesday after he was driven there in a private vehicle, authorities and TCU officials said.

Thomas Boone Pickens IV, 21, who went by "Ty," was a junior at TCU. 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," the statement said.

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

Hospital officials notified police of the death.

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

Ty Pickens 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 on Rogers Road at about 9:30 a.m. to interview witnesses. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office will rule on a cause of death.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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