Famous hotelier and philanthropist Barron Hilton died this week at his home in Los Angeles.
He was 91 and died of natural causes Thursday, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation said.
His son, Steven M. Hilton, who serves as chairman of the board at the Hilton Foundation, said the family is mourning the loss of a remarkable man.
"My father was a loving husband to our mother, Marilyn, a wonderful role model to his eight children, a loyal and generous friend, visionary businessman, respected leader and a passionate sportsman. He lived a life of great adventure and exceptional accomplishment."
His granddaughter, Paris Hilton, said she has always looked up to him.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my grandfather Barron Hilton," she tweeted. " He was a legend, a visionary, brilliant, handsome, kind and lived a life full of accomplishment and adventure."
In 2007, CNN reported that Barron Hilton will pass on the $1.2 billion windfall from the sale of Hilton Hotels Corp. -- - not to his famous progeny, but to his family's philanthropic foundation. His family said he committed 97% of his wealth to the foundation's humanitarian work.
He was born in Dallas on October 23, 1927. He moved with his father, Conrad N. Hilton, to Los Angeles in 1937 and started off his hospitality career as a teen by parking cars for hotel guests.