Police and fire personnel responding to a call about an unconscious man at a Beverly Hills residence discovered Andrew Burkle—son of supermarket magnate Ron Burkle—dead at the scene yesterday. Burkle was 26, according to a date of birth obtained by the Associated Press. The coroner’s office has not released a cause of death.
“Andrew was known as a young man full of life and entrepreneurial energy,” the family said in a statement. “Everyone he met commented on his humble demeanor and strong work ethic.”
“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 continues. “There are no further details at this time.”
Andrew Burkle was most recently working as a producer on the 2019 movie Airplane Mode and the upcoming The Juiceman, according to IMDB. Ron Burkle is the managing partner of the Yucaipa Companies investment firm and co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“Drew was a bright, creative, energetic young man with a dynamic future ahead of him,” Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux said. “Everyone in our organization knows that he was such a big part of his Dad’s life, and one of the many things they shared together was their love of Penguins hockey.”
“I never met anyone with such a kind heart, gentle spirit and humility, all wrapped up in love and respect for his Dad,” said Penguins president David Morehouse who has known Andrew since he was a child.
Along with his father, Andrew Burkle is survived by mother Janet Duitson, sister Carrie Harr and brother John Burkle.
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