Grandson of T. Boone Pickens died from heroin overdose

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FORT WORTH _ The grandson of billionaire T. Boone Pickens who died from a heroin overdose in January also had taken Xanax at the time of his death, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Star-Telegram on Thursday.

The death of Thomas "Ty" Boone Pickens, IV, 21, was ruled an accident, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office released late Wednesday.

The ruling came Wednesday after officials got final results from toxicology and other test results.

Toxicology results indicated that heroin had been injected into Thomas Pickens and that Alprazolam or Xanax was detected in his body. Diphenhydramine which is medication for allergies also was found in the TCU junior.

The autopsy report noted that Thomas Pickens did not die immediately after taking the heroin.

Thomas Pickens died on the morning of January 29 at Baylor All Saints Hospital after being taken there by private vehicle from an apartment he had been visiting in the 1800 block of Rogers Road.

A fellow TCU student has been charged with tampering with evidence in connection with Thomas Pickens' death.

Brennan Trainor Rodriguez, 21, is accused of removing evidence from an apartment and hiding it from police investigating the death of Pickens. Court documents identify the evidence as heroin, drug paraphernalia, syringes and marijuana.

A police report shows Rodriguez lived at the apartment in question.

Rodriguez was charged in March in connection with the case. He had surrendered at the Tarrant County Jail on a warrant and was immediately released upon posting $5,000 bail, jail records show.

Tampering with evidence with intent to impair an investigation is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Bruce Ashworth, Rodriguez's defense attorney, has declined to comment in previous requests by the Star-Telegram.

According to his obituary, Thomas Pickens majored in strategic communications with a minor in business and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

The Pickens family has not commented on the case.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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