Son Convicted of Looting Brooke Astor’s Money Dies

NEW YORK (AP) -

Anthony Marshall, whose aristocratic life as philanthropist Brooke Astor’s only child unraveled as he was convicted of raiding her fortune, died on Sunday. He was 90.

Marshall, a decorated World War II veteran who later became a diplomat and producer, was convicted in October 2009 of taking advantage of his aged mother’s slipping mind to loot her millions, and he was sentenced to one to three years in prison. He was granted medical parole two months later.

Born into wealth, Marshall enjoyed a life of upper-class respectability that was shattered when one of his own sons, Philip Marshall, publicly accused him in 2006 of looting the society doyenne’s money while letting her live in squalor. Astor was 105 and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease when she died in 2007. Years earlier, she was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom — for giving away nearly $200 million to charities and institutions.