FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The grandson of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, Thomas Boone Pickens IV, died at a Fort Worth hospital on Tuesday.
Pickens, who went by Ty, was a junior at TCU this semester studying strategic communications, the university confirmed.
The family released the following statement in response to the tragedy.
"Ty's loss at such a young age is an unspeakable family tragedy for the entire Pickens family and his many friends. We mourn his passing and respectfully request that the family be allowed to grieve in private in this time of sorrow."
The details of his death have not been made available. Fort Worth Police are currently investigating.
"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 Dr. Cavins Tull, TCU vice chancellor for student affairs, in a statement. "Staff members are available if students need to speak with someone about this sad news."