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Armie Hammer’s oil baron father dies aged 67 after ‘lengthy, laborious struggle with most cancers’

Armie Hammer‘s father Michael has died aged 67 after a chronic battle with most cancers.

The businessman, who labored in funding banking earlier than taking up household agency Occidental Petroleum, handed away on Sunday.

A household consultant confirmed the information Tuesday, saying in an announcement: ‘Michael Hammer has handed away after a protracted, laborious struggle with most cancers.’ 

The spokesperson added the millionaire oil mogul ‘is now at peace.’

Except for his 36-year-old son Armie, Michael is survived by his spouse Misty and youthful son Viktor, 34. He additionally leaves behind an ex-wife in Dru Ann Mobley, Armie’s and Viktor’s mom. The pair divorced in 2012 after 27 years of marriage.

Greatest recognized for his ties to Occidental, Michael reportedly inherited a $40million greenback fortune from his late grandfather, industrialist Armand Hammer, who ran the corporate till his demise in 1990.

His demise comes simply months after his actor son – as soon as amongst Hollywood’s A-list elite however now a struggling addict on the heart of a number of scandals – traveled again to LA from the Cayman Islands, the place he was noticed promoting timeshares at a resort in July.

Armie Hammer’s father Michael has died aged 67 after a chronic battle with most cancers, TMZ stories 

The businessman, who worked in investment banking before taking over family firm Occidental Petroleum, passed away on Sunday, the website said

The businessman, who labored in funding banking earlier than taking up household agency Occidental Petroleum, handed away on Sunday, the web site mentioned

A supply on the time mentioned Armie was working the gig as a result of he ‘wants the cash’ as a result of his father ‘will not assist him anymore and he is been lower off.’ 

That call got here shortly after Armie discovered himself on the heart of a LAPD investigation, when a girl claimed the actor ‘violently raped’ her.

It has since been revealed that his late father additionally led a checkered life, being embroiled in a single New York Metropolis ‘s greatest artwork fraud scandals and reportedly conserving a intercourse dungeon within the Armand Hammer Basis headquarters in Carpinteria.

Insiders have additionally claimed the businessman had ‘the mindset of a teenage boy’, in addition to a twisted intercourse drive that echoes related allegations surrounding his embattled son – who, if not for his latest hassle, would probably inherit his household’s empire.

Armie Hammer is pictured out in Los Angeles last month in a dressed-down ensemble including sandals and what looked like a shrunken t-shirt

Armie Hammer is pictured out in Los Angeles final month in a dressed-down ensemble together with sandals and what appeared like a shrunken t-shirt

Michael is the son of Julian Hammer – a hotheaded Hammer scion who killed a person over a playing debt within the 50s – and spouse Sue Kane, who was from Texas.

Julian allegedly sexually abused his daughter Casey, and didn’t observe in his industrialist father’s footsteps like his son ultimately would.

The household additionally had roots to the previous Russian empire, with Michael’s paternal grandmother, Russian-born actress Baroness Olga von Root, being the daughter of a czarist normal. 

The unusual previous of the Hammer household was unearthed in a Vanity Fair exposé final 12 months which claimed most of the males within the well-to-do household, going again so far as 5 generations, had a unmistakable ‘darkish facet.’ 

It offered a backdrop to Armie’s life and upbringing, and sheds mild on why the actor’s latest scandals – together with not too long ago leaked textual content messages from the actor to a girl he was making an attempt to woo wherein he aired twisted fantasies of cannibalism and BDSM along with his would-be lover.

A number of girls have since spoke out accusing the Lone Ranger star of emotional abuse and related violent sexual escapades.

A kind of accusers, 22-year-old Paige Lorenze, instructed the journal Armie had confided in her concerning the ‘darkish stuff’ in his household and was ‘proud’ of it.

Lorenze claimed Armie’s mom Dru – who reportedly helped tame MIchael’s playboy life-style throughout their marriage – confided in her that she was fearful her son was misplaced to ‘the satan’.

Michael, in the meantime, inherited the household enterprise empire from his grandfather Armand, who made his fortune investing his third spouse’s cash in Occidental beginning within the late 50s.

Based on Self-importance Truthful, money additionally got here from ‘wide-ranging grifts, together with laundering cash, utilizing art work to fund Soviet espionage, bribing his method into the oil enterprise and knocking off Fabergé eggs’.

Michael inherited the family business empire from his grandfather Armand, who made his fortune investing his third wife's money in Occidental Petroleum

Michael inherited the household enterprise empire from his grandfather Armand, who made his fortune investing his third spouse’s cash in Occidental Petroleum

Armie Hammer as a baby with grandfather Armand Hammer, Julian Hammer and Michael Hammer. Michael Hammer took almost the entire family fortune and was embroiled in New York City's biggest art fraud

Armie Hammer as a child with grandfather Armand Hammer, Julian Hammer and Michael Hammer. Michael Hammer took virtually your complete household fortune and was embroiled in New York Metropolis’s greatest artwork fraud

Armand would then go away most of his relations excessive and dry when he died in 1990, other than apple of his eye Michael, who took the lion’s share of his grandfather’s fortune.

Whereas her brother Michael inherited two artwork galleries, two foundations and a large chunk of the multi-million greenback fortune, his sister Casey – Julian’s daughter and Armie’s estranged aunt – instructed Self-importance Truthful her father obtained simply $250,000 of the fortune.

The divvying of the magnate’s property got here as a shock and led to rifts that wrangled by means of the courts. 

Final 12 months, Casey mentioned she had simply $100 in her financial savings account and was holding down a job at Dwelling Depot as a result of her father Julian, Arman’s solely son,  being disinherited years earlier than, as a result of out-of-control habits that reportedly noticed him abuse family members.

‘In the event you would have instructed me in my 20s that I’d find yourself financially challenged, single, and dealing at Dwelling Depot, I’d have wager you 1,000,000 {dollars} that would not have occurred,’ she mentioned.

Casey detailed the darkish secrets and techniques about her household’s historical past in a Discovery+ docuseries titled ‘Home of Hammer’, together with allegations her father would shoot weapons at her and allegedly battered their mom, Glenna Hammer, leaving her coated in blood, earlier than their divorce. 

She mentioned she thought Michael may assist, given his fortune. She mentioned simply one of many household work he has would assist her get on her ft – nonetheless, earlier than his demise Tuesday, the pair by no means reconciled.

Michael’s mom Glenna, in the meantime beforehand instructed The Washington Publish her son ‘forgot about us’ after he got here into the cash from his grandfather within the early 90s.

On the time, he additionally began offloading among the household’s legacy, handing the Hammer Museum to the UCLA artwork division in 1994 and asking the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork to take away Armand’s identify from the Corridor of Arms and Armor so he did not should pay the remaining $1 million.

Michael then moved his household – Dru, Armie and Armie’s brother Viktor – to the Cayman Islands earlier than returning to California round a decade later.

In 2011 – on the peak of Armie’s stardom – Michael’s galleries grew to become embroiled in an enormous artwork rip-off that went again virtually twenty years when the Knoedler Gallery and its former director Ann Freedman have been sued for promoting a faux Jackson Pollock portray.

He was embroiled in a $70 million fraudulent ring selling counterfeit paintings going back to 1994 at the family-owned Knoedler Gallery

He was embroiled in a $70 million fraudulent ring promoting counterfeit work going again to 1994 on the family-owned Knoedler Gallery

Michael had inherited the Knoedler Gallery in New York Metropolis from his grandfather, who had purchased the enterprise in 1971 for $2.5million.

Accusations of a forgery ring surfaced in 2009 however solely grew to become public in 2011 when the gallery closed and hedge fund govt Pierre Lagrange sued the gallery and its director after he was offered the solid Pollock for $17million.

A probe into the allegations uncovered an alleged $70million fraudulent ring promoting counterfeit work going again to 1994.

It turned out the work have been truly the work of a comparatively unknown artist in Queens.

Ten lawsuits have been settled and one case went to trial in 2016 with Sotheby’s chairman Domenico De Sole and his spouse Eleanor accusing the gallery of promoting them a faux Mark Rothko for $8.3million.

Though Michael was not personally accused of wrongdoing within the fraud ring,  throughout court docket testimony it was claimed he had been utilizing the gallery’s funds for his private bills together with two luxurious vehicles and a visit to Paris.

However Michael by no means answered to the allegations because the case was settled simply an hour earlier than he was as a result of testify.

Armand Hammer, Michael's oil mangate grandfather and Armie's great-grandfather, in 1977. He made the family fortune and snubbed most of the family when he died in 1990

Armand Hammer, Michael’s oil mangate grandfather and Armie’s great-grandfather, in 1977. He made the household fortune and snubbed a lot of the household when he died in 1990

Armand, Julian, Michael and Armie Hammer. Insiders claim Michael keeps a 'sex throne' or as he allegedly calls it the 'naughty chair' in the Armand Hammer Foundation HQ

Armand, Julian, Michael and Armie Hammer. Insiders declare Michael retains a ‘intercourse throne’ or as he allegedly calls it the ‘naughty chair’ within the Armand Hammer Basis HQ

Aside from his 36-year-old son Armie (right), Michael is survived by his wife Misty (not pictured) and younger son Viktor (left), 34

Except for his 36-year-old son Armie (proper), Michael is survived by his spouse Misty (not pictured) and youthful son Viktor (left), 34

One supply instructed Self-importance Truthful this was all a part of the household’s penchant for ‘spending different individuals’s cash’ as they known as them the ‘fortunate sperm membership.’

‘We name these guys the fortunate sperm membership right here,’ the insider mentioned. By no means achieved something. They know a complete lot about spending different individuals’s cash.’ 

Different habits that allegedly run within the household embody a passion for kinky intercourse, with a former good friend of Michael’s saying he was ‘not in the slightest degree stunned’ when he heard the allegations about Armie’s intercourse life.

The good friend – in addition to two different sources – instructed Self-importance Truthful Michael bragged about having a intercourse throne contained in the household enterprise’s HQ.

The chair is reportedly about ‘seven ft excessive, contains a chair with a gap within the seat, a cage beneath, and a hook’ with the Hammer coat of arms painted on the seat.

Based on the report, a smiling Michael is pictured in a photograph sitting on prime of the throne whereas holding the top of a smiling blonde lady, who’s sitting within the cage beneath.

Counsel for Michael and the Armand Hammer Basis instructed Self-importance Truthful the claims about his intercourse throne, drug and alcohol use, funds, and historical past with girls have been ‘absurd’.

‘These questions, which ask about unsolicited gag presents despatched by pals, conduct that sounds fairly typical of recently-divorced individuals, and fully authorized monetary transactions that have been correctly accounted for, are absurd,’ mentioned the counsel.

Happier times: Hammer fell into controversy in early 2021 amid multiple accusations of sex abuse and a stated penchant for cannibalism (pictured with ex wife Elizabeth Chambers in 2018)

Chambers and Hammer have been snapped on the Parisian premiere of his movie Name Me By Your Title in 2018 

Armie Hammer, 35, was seen over the summer in Los Angeles with estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers, 39, and their two kids, Harper, seven, and Ford, five

Armie Hammer, 35, was seen over the summer time in Los Angeles with estranged spouse Elizabeth Chambers, 39, and their two youngsters, Harper, seven, and Ford, 5

Hammer took the children to meet up with Chambers, who appeared sporty in black biker shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers in the summer

Hammer took the kids to fulfill up with Chambers, who appeared sporty in black biker shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers in the summertime

However pals instructed the outlet he ‘has the mindset of a teenage boy’, would ship x-rated pictures to his pals and launched into ‘a string of ladies, illicit substances, and tattoos’ after his break up from Dru.

It was an obvious bust-up along with his son that contributed to hopping on a aircraft out of the Cayman Islands final summer time.

It was a transfer mentioned to have triggered divorce proceedings by Armie’s spouse Elizabeth Chambers and the damaging claims introduced by a number of girls.

Courtney Vucekovich, who claimed in January Armie was into ‘master-slave fetishes’ and instructed her he wished to interrupt and eat her ribs, instructed Self-importance Truthful Armie confided in her he was escaping his ‘loopy household’ after virtually stepping into fist fights along with his father.

Armie and Michael had been holing up in a luxurious villa within the Cayman Islands below lockdown alongside Michael’s newest spouse Misty, Elizabeth and Armie’s two youngsters.

‘Throughout the first 5 minutes, he was mainly like, this all goes again to my horrible childhood,’ mentioned Vucekovich.

‘It isn’t probably the most romantic factor, however we bonded over previous trauma.’

Hammer returned from the Caymans after he was mobbed by media when photos showing him working as a timeshare salesman went viral

Hammer returned from the Caymans after he was mobbed by media when pictures exhibiting him working as a timeshare salesman went viral 

Earlier in July, Hammer's attorney denied that the actor was working as a salesman, following a viral tweet with an image that that showed his face on a pamphlet as concierge for a hotel

Earlier in July, Hammer’s legal professional denied that the actor was working as a salesman, following a viral tweet with a picture that that confirmed his face on a pamphlet as concierge for a lodge 

Hammer's rehab stint was reportedly funded by friend and fellow actor Downey Jr., who himself has dealt with and climbed back from career shattering substance abuse problems.

Armie Hammer was staying at a home owned by Robert Downey Jr. in Malibu where he is also attending AA meetings. Pictured: Downey Jr's sprawling seven-acre compound. It's unclear whether Hammer is staying at this property or another owned by the Ironman star

Armie Hammer was staying at a house owned by Robert Downey Jr. in Malibu the place he was additionally attending AA conferences. Pictured: Downey Jr’s sprawling seven-acre compound. It is unclear whether or not Hammer is staying at this property or one other owned by the Ironman star

His departure in the midst of the pandemic was reportedly the ‘closing straw’ for Elizabeth who had endured years of infidelity, a good friend instructed Self-importance Truthful, and he or she filed for divorce the next month.

Vucekovich revealed new particulars about her relationship with Armie telling Self-importance Truthful he made her ‘really feel unhealthy for him’ earlier than he ‘love-bombs you want loopy… After which he begins the manipulation and the darker stuff.’

She instructed Self-importance Truthful she was left ‘with remorse’ following one encounter after she mentioned she agreed to ‘a bondage state of affairs that I used to be not comfy with.’

A series of texts Hammer sent to one of his accusers. It was anonymously shared in 2021 when he was first accused. It is unclear who he sent it to

A sequence of texts Hammer despatched to considered one of his accusers. It was anonymously shared in 2021 when he was first accused. It’s unclear who he despatched it to

Messages: A pair of texts Armie Hammer allegedly sent to Courtney Vucekovich were revealed in the documentary that disturbed the ex-girlfriend

A pair of texts Armie Hammer allegedly despatched to Courtney Vucekovich have been revealed within the documentary that disturbed the ex-girlfriend 

Whereas Armie allegedly opened up about tensions along with his father, one of many different girls to come back ahead in January 2021 claimed Armie’s mom confided in her she was ‘so nervous’ about her son and feared the satan was making an attempt to ‘take’ him.

Dru allegedly instructed Lorenze she was ‘so nervous about Armie and so grateful for me as a result of she felt like I used to be a great affect on him. 

‘And that she simply wished him to just accept God again into his life. And that he had simply been preventing every thing for a very long time.’ Armie’s mother and father are solely a part of the image.

Scandal and surprising tales have rocked the household for a minimum of 5 generations, beginning with Dr. Julius Hammer, Armie’s great-great-grandfather.

The Hammer family’s dark history  is detailed in a recent Discovery+ docuseries titled 'House of Hammer.' The documentary claims the disgraced actor was obsessed with BDSM, forced a lap dance on a male assistant and drove drunk at 140mph through a residential area

The Hammer household’s darkish historical past  is detailed in a latest Discovery+ docuseries titled ‘Home of Hammer.’ The documentary claims the disgraced actor was obsessive about BDSM, pressured a lap dance on a male assistant and drove drunk at 140mph by means of a residential space

He was a central determine within the US Communist Occasion, who was convicted of manslaughter for performing a botched abortion on the spouse of a Russian diplomat in 1919 the place she later died.

Whereas in jail, his son Armand – the person behind the household empire – took over his pharma enterprise Allied Drug and was personally endorsed by Vladimir Lenin in a letter to Joseph Stalin.

Armand, who married thrice, later tried to distance himself from his Soviet previous and reportedly mingled with senior political figures together with Senator Al Gore Sr., attended the presidential inaugurations of FDR, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush and frolicked with Prince Charles.

He was pardoned by Bush in 1989 after he made an unlawful contribution to Richard Nixon’s reelection marketing campaign which is claimed to have helped pay towards the Watergate scandal.

His son Julian, Armie’s grandfather, carried on the legacy for scandal when he killed longtime good friend Bruce Whitlock in Los Angeles in 1955.

The FBI mentioned the killing was over a playing debt and he was charged with first-degree manslaughter however the fees have been dropped.

Based on Self-importance Truthful, Armand despatched $50,000 in money to a lawyer in Los Angeles earlier than the costs have been dismissed.

Julian has additionally been accused of sexually abusing his daughter Casey when she was a toddler.

Accusers Courtney Vucekovich appears in the documentary

Accusers Julia Morrison appears in the documentary

Within the documentary, accusers Courtney Vucekovich (left) and Julia Morrison (proper) describe their allegedly violent relationships with Hammer in harrowing element. They shared tales about his alleged BDSM and cannibalism fetish

Casey made the claims in her 2015 memoir Surviving My Birthright. She additionally claimed Julian was abusive to different family members.

Jan Ward, Casey and Michael’s half sister, declined to touch upon the allegations when approached by Self-importance Truthful.

‘I’ll say that I like my household very a lot which incorporates my brother, my sister, and my nephews…I do have fantastic recollections of us youngsters spending each summer time at Laguna Seashore with our Grandma Olga and spending the vacations with our mother and father and grandparents,’ she mentioned in an announcement.

‘We have been all blessed to have the ability to attend wonderful colleges due to Grandpa Hammer who was a fantastic supporter of schooling.

‘Our household taught us the worth of laborious work and I’ve had a satisfying profession and a beautiful household life.’

 The brand new ‘Home of Hammer’ docuseries, produced by Discovery+ and Hammer’s aunt Casey, which concluded final month, expands on the alleged darkish historical past of the Hammer clan.

The documentary reiterates claims from Hammer’s former girlfriends, who mentioned the actor abused them by means of BDSM intercourse, with one lady recognized solely as Effie claiming he raped her throughout their four-year affair. 

An nameless supply who labored as an assistant to the actor additionally claimed Hammer pressured him right into a strip membership at 10 a.m. to get him a lap dance, which the worker was uncomfortable doing. 

‘I used to be very in opposition to it, I did not need to do it. He made me imagine that I had no alternative. I may’ve walked away, however I used to be fearful of the stature of all of it.’ 

The person additionally recalled one occasion when Hammer drove by means of a residential space at 140 mph whereas ‘inebriated.’ 

‘It could scare me like loopy,’ he mentioned. 

The documentary additionally dives into the alleged corrupt and ruthless nature of household patriarch Armand Hammer, whose former media marketing consultant dubbed him ‘probably the most satanic man’ of the second half of the twentieth century.  

The documentary is the newest chapter within the unravelling of the previous Hollywood A-lister whose profession was felled in 2021 by sexual assault allegations and an ensuing investigation from the Los Angeles Police Division that led him to spending months within the Cayman Islands as a timeshare salesman. 

The new 'House of Hammer' docuseries explored the allegations of sexual assault and 'cannibalism' fetish that felled actor Armie Hammer's career, seeing his descent from movie star to a so-called 'monster'

The brand new ‘Home of Hammer’ docuseries explored the allegations of sexual assault and ‘cannibalism’ fetish that felled actor Armie Hammer’s profession, seeing his descent from film star to a so-called ‘monster’

The documentary features the generational sins of the Hammer clan as recounted by the disgraced actor's aunt, Casey (pictured) who came forward with her stories following the claims against her nephew

The documentary options the generational sins of the Hammer clan as recounted by the disgraced actor’s aunt, Casey (pictured) who got here ahead together with her tales following the claims in opposition to her nephew

The primary episode of the sequence, titled ‘Love Bomb,’ centered on Hammer’s tumultuous love life and obvious obsession with BDSM, because it opens with an Instagram voice message from the actor concerning a wager to an unknown recipient. 

‘That is going to be the wager: If I received, I get to come back over to your own home with my bag of goodies. Inside my bag of goodies, there are a number of totally different bundles of Shibari rope; Shibari is the Japanese artwork of rope bondage,’ Hammer says within the recording. 

‘My wager was going to contain exhibiting up at your home and fully tying you up and incapacitating you, then with the ability to do no matter I wished to each single gap in your physique till I used to be executed with you.’ 

Within the episode, Courtney Vucekovich, of Dallas, recounts her relationship with Hammer, saying it felt like a ‘fairy story’ earlier than issues took a darkish flip. 

She mentioned that whereas she indulged the actor in his BDSM fantasies, Hammer took issues too far throughout a three-week trip they took close to Palm Springs. 

‘It was one thing that has by no means been executed to me,’ Vucekovich mentioned, refusing to elaborate. ‘It’s extremely degrading and really belittling. I do not prefer to put it on the market.’ 

On one other highway journey, she claims she suffered bruises and accidents from being tied up by Hammer. 

‘He places on this creepy playlist and simply, like, the ropes have been round [my] neck, wrists, ankles and behind [my] again. I had bruises. I hated it,’ she mentioned. ‘I perceive that if that is your fantasy, if that is your factor, extra energy to you. I did not prefer it.’ 

Harrowing: Accuser Courtney Vucekovich appears in the documentary. She said her relationship with Armie started out idyllic but went suddenly south as she claims she suffered injuries and bruises from BDSM sex with the actor

Accuser Courtney Vucekovich seems within the documentary. She mentioned her relationship with Hammer began out idyllic however went abruptly south as she claims she suffered accidents and bruises from BDSM intercourse with the actor 

Additionally showing within the episode was Julia Morrison, a mannequin and actress, who mentioned Hammer contacted her on Instagram after she posted a photoshoot image of her being choked. 

‘I’ve wished to tie you up since I noticed these goddamn footage and messaged you about it,’ Hammer allegedly wrote. 

Morrison additionally shared one other message, the place Hammer allegedly shared one other disturbing fantasy about her. 

‘I have not actually digested this one,’ Morrison says flipping by means of her telephone and studying aloud a textual content from Hammer, ‘I’ve a fantasy of getting somebody show their love and devotion and tying them up in a public place at evening making their physique free use. And seeing if they may f*** strangers for me.’ 

Vucekovich and Morrison additionally share textual content messages they are saying Hammer despatched, describing extra violent sexual fantasies he wished them to play out – together with the notorious ‘I am 100% a cannibal’ textual content. 

Hammer additionally allegedly instructed the  he wished to take away their ribs, barbecue them and eat them. 

Paige Lorenze, who was in a relationship with Hammer, additionally accused him of slicing the letter ‘A’ into one her thigh earlier than sucking the blood out of her contemporary wound.

‘He is obsessive about meat,’ she mentioned. ‘I brushed it off however I do imagine that he was severe.’ 

Hammer has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and claims that each one his earlier relationships have been consensual. 

The second and third episode went additional into element about Casey Hammer’s claims in opposition to her household, who she mentioned perpetuated a historical past of violence that finally affected her nephew. 

Casey, who was was largely ignored by in her grandfather’s multi-million-dollar will in 1990 – reported to be value about $800million – mentioned violence runs within the household.

‘On the skin we have been an ideal household. However amplify Succession 1,000,000 occasions, and it as my household,’ she mentioned, ‘In the event you imagine about making offers with the satan, the Hammers are prime of the totem pole.

‘Each technology in my household has been concerned in darkish misdeeds, and it simply will get worse and worse and worse.’ 

Hammer’s great-grandfather and namesake, Armand Hammer, made hundreds of thousands within the oil business however left his household deeply divided in his 1990 will, which favored some and slighted others.

Hammer’s father, Michael, was inherited the majority of the fortune, whereas Casey and her father obtained $250,000 and $500,000 respectively.  

Violence and scandal has plagued the household all through its tales historical past, with Armand  being convicted of manslaughter in 1920 over a botched abortion he tried to manage, and Hamer’s grandfather, Julian, killing a person in 1955 over a playing debt. He dodged these fees by claiming self-defense.

Considerably sarcastically, director Luca Guadagino and co-star Timothee Chalamet from Hammer’s star flip in Name Me By Your Title are set to launch a movie about cannibalism known as Bones and All.

‘I noticed this afterward once I began to be instructed of a few of these innuendos on social media.’ 

He added: ‘Any hyperlink with anything exists solely within the realm of social media, with which I don’t have interaction.’

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