Huguette Clark Obituary

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 Huguette Clark Dead: Reclusive Mining Fortune Heiress Dies At 104

 

 

  

 

NOTE-HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION: Huguette Clark is the half-sister of William Andrews Clark Jr., who founded the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is interred in his own iconic mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

 

 

NEW YORK — Huguette Clark, the 104-year-old heiress to a Montana copper fortune who once lived in the largest apartment on Fifth Avenue, has died at a Manhattan hospital even as an investigation continues into how her millions were handled.

 

Clark spent the last two decades of her life in New York City hospitals. She died Tuesday, “with dignity and privacy,” her lawyer, Wallace Bock, said in a statement.

 

The statement was released by Robert Anello, an attorney who represents Bock in an investigation into Clark’s finances.

 

The Manhattan district attorney is looking into claims made by Clark’s family that she was kept isolated from almost everyone except Bock and her accountant and that she may not have understood decisions being made related to her fortune.

 

Clark was born in 1906 to a then 67-year-old U.S. senator, William A. Clark of Montana, and a 28-year-old Michigan woman named Anna Eugenia La Chapelle. Clark had made a fortune in mining and was one of the richest men in America. He built railroads across the United States, founding Las Vegas in the process.

 

Huguette Clark’s fortune is believed to be worth some $500 million. As of last year, she still owned a 42-room, multi-floor apartment at 907 Fifth Ave.; a Connecticut castle surrounded by 52 acres of land; and a Santa Barbara, Calif., mansion built on a 23-acre bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

 

The Daily News writes that Huguette “traded in aristocracy for eccentricity” and removed herself from the outside world — and her vast fortune — after the death of her mother.

 

MNBC ran a report about Huguette’s elusive lifestyle and her abandoned mansions. Andre Baeyens, Clark’s grand-halfnephew, told NBC’s “Today” show that “Everything stopped for her when her mother died. She didn’t want to go out. She didn’t want to have beautiful things, no, no. She just wanted to be home and play with her dolls.”

 

Beginning in the 1960s, Clark rarely left her Fifth Avenue home, having whatever she needed delivered. She moved into a hospital in the 1980s. Bill Dedman of MSNBC tracked Clark down last year and found her living in a very nondescript, almost “drab” hospital room. She was doing fine, but said she just wanted to be left alone.

 

Bock and accountant Irving Kamsler had been in charge of her financial affairs for years, and they’re among the few people who have contact with her. Distant relatives say they have not seen her in years.

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2 Responses to “Huguette Clark Obituary”

  1. Lisa Sinkko says:

    How incredibly sad.

  2. Kim says:

    Okay, so this women ( I wish I had the chance to know her) desided that she wantted little to nohingg to do with the outside world for whatever reason(s).. I can say very honestly that I al was in my home home for 2 ( I know – many less than her) years. Mine was due to many things which lead to depression & then angoraphobia ( probably not spelt right) Who gave anyone the right to judge her? Seems to me that she had depression going on to a degree, however she may have also just decided that she was more comfortable with herself.. I mean really, read some of the nasty things people are saying.. Can you really bblame her? As for me, after I got out of the angoriphobia stage, I chose to be a loner. Her money is just that “HERS” & it hers to do as she pleases. Do these so called Family members really think they can make people believe that these 2 peole held her hostage & kept them from seeing her? PLEASE! She was a loner for 50 some years or better. Are they going to be able to proove that these 2 people were in her life from the day all those years ago that she chose to cut the world off??? As far as her leaving the Nurse money, I am in Nursing and if she was with her all those years ( & even if it werent all those yrs) I know the comfort she brought to her. I know 1st hand what it meant to Ms. Clark to have that 1 person she knew she could count on.. the 1 person who wasnt there for her money. RIP Ms. Clark & to her Nurse ( Im sorry sweetie, I only saw your name for 1/2 a second & cant remember it) PLEASE enjoy the gift that she left for you. She loved you & wanted you to have it. Please do not allow all the negative statements & opinions to hurt you.. they arent yours. Much love to Ms. Clark & her Nurse.

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