Billionaire Ron Burkle’s son, Andrew, found dead at age 26

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The son of California billionaire Ronald Burkle was found dead on Monday at his home in Beverly Hills, California, his family told People magazine.
  • The older Burkle is the founder and managing partner of The Yucaipa Companies investment firm, a co-owner of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, an investor Sacramento’s Major League Soccer team and holds numerous other positions.
  • Andrew is believed to have died early Monday in his apartment but was his body was discovered later that evening, source tells PEOPLE

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

Twenty-six-year-old Andrew Burkle 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 announced 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.”

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.

Source: NBC News

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