Army Hammerhis father, Michael Armand Hammer, is reportedly deceased. He was 67 years old.
The businessman passed away after a long battle with cancer, multiple reports said on Tuesday, Nov. 22. TMZ, which first reported the news, stated that Michael passed away on Sunday, November 20.
Michael fathered Armie, 36, as well as son Viktor, 34, who he shared with ex-wife Dru Ann Mobley. He was married to woman Misty Milward at the time of his death.
Michael – who headed several family businesses including Hammer Productions, the Armand Hammer Foundation, Hammer Galleries and the Hammer International Foundation – was the grandson of business magnate Armand Hammer, who founded Occidental Petroleum. Michael also worked for Occidental.
The controversial Hammer family made headlines earlier this year with the September release of House of Hamer – a docuseries that focused on many of the family’s alleged crimes, as well as Armie’s own scandal.
The Call me by your name actor was charged with both assault and sending disturbing DMs to various women online that were allegedly sexual and cannibalistic in nature. Armie, for his part, called the DM claims “bulls-t” in a statement to TMZ in January 2021. Two months later, he denied raping a woman named Effie, coming forward to claim that the actor “made me mentally, emotionally abused”. and sexual.”
Armie’s aunt Casey Hammer – Michael’s sister – told exclusively Us weekly in September that she was “not surprised or shocked” about the allegations against her nephew. She continued, “Judging by how I grew up, I was exposed to horrific crimes and experiences that were covered up because it was behind closed doors and we couldn’t talk about it.”
Casey further shared her thoughts on the scandal with U.S, adding, “I thought, ‘Oh, here we go. Another Hammer man.’ What upset me was the fact that they focused on Armie and cannibalism and his career. [But] what about the victims he has left in his path? she wondered. “Whether it’s physical, mental, or any kind of abuse, it takes a toll on you. And you should know that there are others like you who are going through the same thing, and there is hope.”
The Hammer family scandals explored in the Discovery+ docuseries included the alleged 1955 murder of a man by Michael and Casey’s father Julian Hammer. However, the charges were dropped, allegedly because Armand – Julian’s father – bribed a lawyer with $50,000, according to journalist Edward Epstein.