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Houston, Texas, USA --- Houston:The body of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes is rushed to a waiting hearse at Methodist Hospital after an autopsy revealed that Hughes had died of kidney failure. Hughes was buried in the family plot at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. Later examination of autopsy reports indicate he died of either malnutrition, dehydration, a fatal dose of codeine or a combination of all three, not kidney failure. 4/6/1976


Sadly in the final years of his life some of the workers Hughes surrounded himself with for protection had perhaps become his greatest threat. The 'palace guard,' taking orders from Bill Gay, took advantage of their role as gatekeepers of one of the richest men in America. They used his declined mental and physical health and the fact that they were his only connection to the outside world for financial gain. Though he attempted rehabilitation and attempted to start flying again with the help of Jack Real, the aides kept him doped up, secluded and bed ridden, moving from the Bahamas to Mexico under the false pretense that his supply of codeine had dried up. One of Howard's doctors even used his drug supply to solicit a life contract, and appointment to the HHMI board of directors. When informed that Hughes had taken a turn for the worse this doctor, the head of Howard's staff doctors sent word that he was going to a party, and would come in a few days. Finally as the gravity of the situation set in a local doctor in Mexico was summoned. He was shocked by the condition of richest man in the world, who at 6'4 tall weighed only 90lbs. Howard Hughes, covered in sores and needle marks was comatose and starving to death. The doctor told the aides that Hughes needed immediate medical attention. Had they taken action sooner, he may have recovered. Due to the concentration of Codeine in his blood, it is believed that someone injected Hughes with a large amount of the drug six to eight hours before he died. After the aides finished shredding possibly incriminating files, he was put on a Learjet to Houston. He died in the air. Though the doctor in Mexico requested criminal investigations, only a couple of these people have been prosecuted for the role they played in the death of Howard Hughes.

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