Billionaire playboy Matthew Mellon died after taking an hallucinogenic drug while at a rehab clinic in Mexico, it has been claimed.
The banking heir and ex-husband of Jimmy Choo guru Tamara Mellon had been battling an addiction to painkiller pills for many years.
He died during his latest attempt to get sober at a clinic in the Mexican coastal resort Cancun.
A friend told DailyMail.com His family are in shock.
He was 88 days sober and doing really well.
He returned to the clinic for ‘maintenance’ and took his private jet there a few days ago.
He had a heart attack after taking Ayahuasca.
The powerful hallucinogenic is usually consumed as a herbal tea.
The brew is a traditional spiritual healing medicine traditionally used in Amazonian Peru and is popular with backpackers in South America.
In 2014, Brit student Henry Miller died after taking ayahuasca.
He was with a group of other travellers who had paid to take part in what was described as a local tribal ritual by their hostel in the Colombian rainforest.
The 19-year-old suffered a fatal reaction and his body was later found dumped by a road.
Mellon visited Cancun for a similar trip in 2016.
He shared an image on Instagram with the caption A Spiritual crossing in Cancun with #ibogaine Let me know if you ever hit a wall in life and you need help I will send you here for free on me!’
Ibogaine is a drug harvested from the root of a African plant which is said to help curb opioid addiction.
It’s use was restricted in the UK under the Psychoactive Substances Act in 2016.
It is not known how Mellon may have come to take ayahuasca.
A family representative said in a statement Billionaire Matthew Mellon, 53, died suddenly in Cancun, Mexico, where he was attending a drug rehabilitation facility.
Mellon made his fortune in cryptocurrency, turning a $2million investment into $1billion.
He is survived by his three children, Force, Olympia and Minty.
The family asks that their privacy be respected at this very painful time.
Mellon had struggled with an addiction to OxyContin pain pills for many years.
At one point he was spending $100,000 a month and taking 80 pills a day.
In 2017, he checked into a rehab clinic in Malibu and told Page 6 he was determined to quit.
I’m here as long as it takes, he said.
Mellon was born in New York into a banking dynasty.
On father’s side, he was a descendant of Judge Thomas Mellon, the founder of Mellon Bank, while his mother was related to the Drexel investment firm.
He married Tamara Mellon, the British fashion designer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo, after they met at Alcoholic’s Anonymous.
The couple enjoyed the perfect setting for a proper English wedding at Blenheim Palace in 2000, Tamara told Mail Online.
Famous faces including actors Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant were at the wedding, even though the couple had announced their own split just a week earlier.
Mellon is also a friend of Elle Macpherson, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, fashion deigner Valentino and Jade Jagger.
The couple divorced and Mellon had two children with his second wife Nicole Hanley before they divorced in 2015.
In 2007, Mellon was cleared of conspiring with a private detective agency to hack his ex-wife Tamara’s emails.
Tamara gave evidence and portrayed her ex-husband as loving but incompetent.
She said he missed planes like other people missed buses, could not cope with a comic let alone a book and was so absent-minded that she used to be too frightened to leave him alone with their young daughter.
Among those to pay tribute to Matthew Mellon was music icon Nile Rogers who tweeted Someone just told me my old hanging buddy Matthew Mellon passed away.
I don’t have details yet but if it’s true your family have my sincerest condolences. Love and miss you.
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