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Tests confirm Ty Pickens died of heroin overdose

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Thomas Boone Pickens, IV 
Photo from his Facebook page

Thomas Boone Pickens, IV Photo from his Facebook page

DALLAS – Officials have confirmed the grandson of billionaire T. Boone Pickens died of a drug overdose, specifically heroin intoxication.

Thomas “Ty” Pickens, 21, died at a Fort Worth hospital back on Jan. 29.

Authorities had been waiting on toxicology and other test results before determining an official cause of death.

In the weeks following Ty Pickens’ death, another student at Texas Christian University was charged with tampering with evidence.

Police alleged the student removed items from the apartment and hid them from authorities.

Police said that evidence included heroin, drug paraphernalia and marijuana.