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Homeless man dies as unknowing heir to millions
Huguette Clark was a mysterious figure.

A homeless man has died in a cold snap, seemingly unaware that he was the potential heir to a $300 million fortune.

The body of 60-year-old Timothy Gray was found by children on a holiday sledding jaunt in a small Wyoming mining town.

The man, who died of hypothermia, was found to have been a long-lost relative of reclusive New York railroad heiress Huguette Clark.

According to the Huffington Post, the man would likely have been entitled to around $19 million of Clark's $300 million fortune.

Gray's siblings had lost touch with their brother, who they said disappeared after their mother's death in 1990, according to the Associated Press.

Huguette Clark herself was also a mysterious figure.

In the 1930s, she removed herself from Manhattan society and lived in solitude for the next quarter-century in her Fifth Avenue apartment 'surrounded by her dolls', the Huffington Post reports.

Legal disputes over her will have raged since her death.

An original will leaving her estate to her family members was superceded six weeks later by another will leaving them nothing.

The heiress's later will included $28 million in gifts to her nurse and $3 million for her doctors.

Lawyers for the family claimed Huguette Clark had been manipulated by the health professionals.

She died in 2011 aged 104.