The body of Timothy Henry Gray, 60, was found by children sledding near a Union Pacific Railroad overpass in the small town of Evanston, multiple news reports said.
Gray, who was described as transient, reportedly stood to inherit a large portion of New York railroad heiress Huguette Clark’s fortune.
A cashier’s check, dating back to 2003, for “a significant amount” was found in his wallet when he was found, according to the coroner, the New York Post said.
Gray was the adopted great-grandson of former Sen. William Andrews Clark, a copper and railroad baron who founded Las Vegas and was Huguette Clark’s father, reports said.
The New York Post, citing an interview with Gray’s brother, that said the homeless heir had worked as a cowboy in the Rockies. He had no children or wife and apparently lost touch with his siblings decades ago.
“He was homeless, essentially,” his brother, Jerry Gray, said.
Huguette Clark died in 2011 at the age of 104 at Beth Israel Hospital, leaving behind an estate valued at more than $300 million, mostly to doctors, nurses, a doctor and a lawyer.
Clarke had reportedly paid millions to live at the hospital for two decades while her properties in Connecticut and California as well as a sprawling, 42-room, three-unit Fifth Avenue apartment overlooking Central Park — sat unoccupied.
NBC News reported that Clark’s will is being contested by 19 family members, who evidently were left nothing and later sued.
A public administrator had stepped in on Gray’s behalf, NBC reported, but when lawyers tried to locate him about a potential pretax windfall of $19 million, they reportedly found his belongings abandoned in a storage locker.