Andrew Burkle, the 26-year-old son of billionaire businessman Ron Burkle, was found dead in his Beverly Hills home, police said Tuesday.
Police and fire personnel were sent to the 100 block of Spalding Drive about 7:25 p.m. Monday on a report of an unconscious male inside a residence, and that person was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the man as Andrew Charles Burkle, and said an autopsy was pending to determine his cause of death.
Sources told People that Burkle is believed to have died early Monday in his apartment. Ron Burkle, 67, went to his son’s residence and was with police at the scene, according to People.
“It is with deepest regret and sadness that we announce the death of Andrew C. Burkle on January 6, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California,” a family statement posted by People said. “He is deeply loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. Andrew was known as a young man full of life and entrepreneurial energy. Everyone he met commented on his humble demeanor and hard work.
“While the family appreciates the outpouring of love and support, they ask that the privacy of the family be respected during this difficult time,” the statement said. “There are no further details at this time.”
The producer is survived by father Ron, mother Janet Duitson, sister Carrie Harr and brother John Burkle.
Andrew Burkle’s sudden death reportedly came after he spent Christmas with family. He shared an Instagram post on Dec. 25, which shows him posing in front of a massive Christmas tree cuddling a young girl, believed to be a family member.
“Merry Christmas from me and the munchkin! 2nd year of this photo, definitely a tradition now,” Andrew captioned the shot.
Andrew’s father Ron is a co-founder of The Yucaipa Companies and a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. According to Forbes, the businessman is worth $1.5 billion, and has invested in companies like Uber, Airbnb and Foursquare.
Andrew was a producer with In Good Company Films in Los Angeles, which he ran with partner Andrew Alter. He was an associate producer on 2019’s “Airplane Mode.”