Huguette Clark, a reclusive multi-millionaire heiress whose estate remains shrouded in mystery, died in New York City on Tuesday at the age of 104.
The copper heiress died at Beth Israel Medical Center, where she lived in seclusion for 22 years after cutting herself off from friends and family.
She's worth $500 million, including a $100 million Santa Barbara estate, a $23 million home in Connecticut and a $100 million 5th Ave. apartment.
In recent years, the management of her estate has come under scrutiny, and is under investigation by the Manhattan district attorney's office.
"Madame Clark's passing is a sad event for everyone who loved and respected her," her lawyer's spokesman, Michael McKeon, said. "She died as she wanted, with dignity and privacy. We intend to continue to respect her wishes for privacy."
Family members first learned of Clark's death through media reports yesterday, but the news was later confirmed by her lawyer, Wallace Bock.
Bock notoriously denied the family access to Huguette Clark for years, saying that she explicitly told him she "does not want visitors and she does not want anyone - including her relatives - to know where she resides."
She was cared for by a team of nurses, was registered in the hospital under a fake name, and even made a lawyer speak to her through a door.