Matthew Mellon, the ex-husband of Jimmy Choo guru Tamara Mellon, has died in rehab. He was 53.
Matthew had previously battled an OxyContin addiction where he was spending $100,000 a month and taking about 80 pills a day.
‘Mellon made his fortune in cryptocurrency, turning a $2million investment into $1billion. He is survived by his three children, Force, Olympia and Minty.
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(L-R) Nicole Hanley Mellon, Matthew Mellon, Tamara Mellon and Minty Mellon are pictured on December 9, 2010 in New York City. He has died aged 53 in rehab in Mexico
Matthew Mellon is pictured with first wife Tamara, left, at an event in London in 2006. He is seen right with second wife Nicole Hanley Mellon in NYC in February 2015
‘The family asks that their privacy be respected at this very painful time.’
In 2016, Page Six reported that Matthew blamed doctors for his addiction, saying they were ‘writing prescriptions like they were Smarties.’
At the time, he was checked into Passages Malibu, an addiction-treatment center popular with boldfaced names, and said that he was determined to battle the addiction, telling Page Six, ‘I’m here as long as it takes.’
He made his fortune in cryptocurrencies, buying and selling off his Bitcoin a number of years ago, before splashing out $2million to acquire XRP coins, which eventually grew to be worth $1billion.
In February, Matthew told Forbes that he liked XRP, used by currency exchange network Ripple, because it was one of the handful of cryptocurrencies that actually operated within the traditional banking system.
‘Crypto is scary and dark. It’s anti-America,’ Mellon told Forbes, explaining that he chose Ripple because he is ‘pro-America, pro-business and pro-bank.’
Matthew is pictured with bride Tamara at their wedding in the UK in 2000
Matthew (center), pictured with wedding guests Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley, at his wedding to Tamara Mellon, which was held at Blenheim Palace, Tamara wrote in her book, In My Shoes
Matthew’s eldest child is daughter Araminta, aka Minty, from his marriage to ex-wife Tamara Mellon.
In excerpts from her autobiography, In My Shoes, published in the Daily Mail in 2013, she wrote that she and Matthew met at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in London in 1998 and embarked on a six month transatlantic relationship that culminated with a marriage proposal involving a helicopter, poetry and a rose petal-strewn limousine.
They married in 2000, at a ceremony held at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, attended by 300 guests including Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley.
Tamara, who the co-founder and former chief creative officer of couture shoe makers Jimmy Choo, wrote that Matthew suffered from a cocaine addiction during their marriage.
Mellon is pictured in NYC in 2014. By his 21st birthday, had inherited $25million — with 13 more trusts to come his way
‘Matthew had so many talents and admirable qualities – it’s unfortunate that emotional stability was not among them,’ Tamara wrote in her book.
‘Once we were back in London, life did not become any easier. I was in the office every day, working hard, and Matthew had nothing but free time on his hands – and I’d come home and find him freebasing cocaine in the kitchen.
‘Then his addiction would take over and he might step out to buy a paper and not come back for days. I was constantly trying to track him down, calling family members, calling car escort services in Washington DC, knowing that he was capable of turning up anywhere in the world.
‘He would check into hotels, start getting the paranoid delusions of cocaine psychosis, then leave without paying his bill. And then, of course, the hotel managers would call me to clean up after him and settle his accounts.’
Tamara wrote that Matthew was sent to rehab for the first time while still in college and inherited his father’s bipolar illness.
She also recalled the occasion in which she and Matthew’s friend, Henry Dent-Brocklehurst, tracked Matthew down at a crack house in London’s Notting Hill.
Matthew is pictured with wife Nicole at the OMEGA Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Launch Event, New York, in June 2014
She described coming across a ‘gangster-type sitting alone in the kitchen, with Matthew’s wallet on the table in front of him.’
‘For a moment I feared he had been murdered,’ Tamara wrote. ‘Then Henry said to the drug dealer: “You’d better tell us where he is, otherwise you’re going to be looking down the wrong end of a shotgun.”
‘It was all bluster, and the dealer was not terribly impressed. Later, we learned Matthew had been hiding under a bed.’
Tamara said that she tried to keep Matthew sober, but that his drug problems only got worse after their daughter, Minty, was born in 2002.
A year later, after he relapsed and disappeared during a bender that lasted for several days during a trip to Ibiza, Tamara broke it off with Matthew.
Tamara and Matthew Melon are seen in this 2003 photo. Tamara said that she tried to keep Matthew sober, but that his drug problems only got worse after their daughter, Minty, was born in 2002
But further drama was to come when Matthew was arrested for hacking into Tamara’s computers.
In her book she says: ‘I began to receive emails claiming to have “things on your soon-to-be-ex husband”.
‘I thought this sounded not only sleazy but creepy. The Metropolitan Police showed up and asked to examine my computer.
‘They explained that the emails I’d been receiving were Trojan horse messages containing viruses. If opened, this malware could record every keystroke on my keyboard.
‘It transpired Matthew had hired a company called Active Investigation escort services in Washington DC to explore my electronic transactions. This company was run by a couple of former policemen who were already under surveillance for a lucrative sideline in illegal wire-tapping and computer hacking. To keep Matthew on the hook, they’d even sent him a bogus email, supposedly from my lawyer, alluding to several million I’d supposedly secreted away in Malaysia.
‘The climax of this series of events occurred when London’s finest raided Matthew’s apartment at 6am and took him away in handcuffs. My husband was charged with criminal conspiracy and faced the possibility of five years in prison.
Matthew Mellon is pictured at Southwark Crown Court in London in 2006 during his trial
‘In April 2007, I received a subpoena to testify at Matthew’s trial. The proceedings were at Southwark Crown Court and I appeared on May 3.
‘The issue, at least insofar as Matthew was concerned, was whether he was criminally responsible for authorizing the illegal hacking of my computer. There was no question that he’d given the indicted investigators £12,000 ($17,000) and that he’d signed the contract.
‘But that still left the issue of responsibility – knowing what was going on, knowing that it was illegal, and then doing it anyway. When I saw him on trial, my heart went out to him. I thought, ‘Oh boy. You’re really in over your head this time.’
‘As the victim of Matthew’s supposed crime, I was actually called as a witness for the prosecution. This was no time to gild the lily, so I simply told the truth. I said being married to Matthew was like having another child. I said he couldn’t keep up with his bills or bank accounts and that he missed aeroplanes the way other people miss buses.
‘When asked about Matthew’s reading habits and powers of concentration, I simply said that my husband couldn’t manage a comic book, much less a legal document. The courtroom erupted.
‘The trial took six weeks, with the jury deliberating for five days. Two of the detectives were convicted, but happily Matthew was not.’
Despite all the drama the two remained close, so much so that Tamara would be a guest at Matthew’s second marriage and they continued to jointly raise Minty.
Matthew pictured with son, Force Mellon (left), at a Hanley Mellon fashion show in 2015. Tamara pictured with Matthew and her daughter, Minty Mellon, in 2004
Matthew’s two other children, son, Force, and daughter, Olympia, are from his marriage to ex-wife, Nicole Hanley Mellon.
Matthew and Nicole met in 2006 at a wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, they told the New York Times in 2014, months before launching their clothing line, Hanley Mellon.
Matthew proposed to Nicole in 2008 and they married in 2010, at an impromptu ceremony at family friend Diane Von Furstenberg’s home in the Bahamas’ Harbor Island.
They would later divorce in 2016.
Matthew was born in New York City in 1964 and raised in Palm Beach, Florida, and Northeast Harbor, Maine.
He was a direct decedent of Thomas Alexander Mellon, founder of what’s now known as The Bank of New York Mellon, aka BNY Mellon, on his father, Karl Mellon’s, side. On his mother, Anne Stoke’s, side, he was also the direct descendant of Anthony Joseph Drexel, a banker who founded Wall Street firm Drexel Burnham Lambert. According to W Magazine, Matthew’s father, Karl Mellon, committed suicide in 1983, when Matthew was 18.
By his 21st birthday, had inherited $25million — with 13 more trusts to come his way — according to Vanity Fair.
Matthew attended and graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was the chairman of the New York Republican Party’s finance committee from 2011 to 2013, during which time he raised funds for the party.
In 2016, he told Page Six that he developed his $100,000 per month OxyContin addiction after getting hooked on prescriptions given to him by doctors following a surfing injury.
OxyContin, a time-release version of oxycodone, has long been the world’s top-selling opioid painkiller and was hailed as a breakthrough treatment for chronic pain when it was approved in late 1995.
Meant to work over 12 hours to maintain a steady level of oxycodone in patients suffering from a wide range of pain ailments, some users quickly discovered they could get a heroin-like high by crushing the pills and snorting or injecting the entire dose at once.