Carter Lay, grandson of potato chip maker, dies at 44

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Posted: Sep 04, 2015 4:33 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carter Lay, a philanthropist who supported music education and was a grandson of the famed potato chip maker, has died.

Lt. David Smith, a supervising coroner investigator at the Los Angeles County coroner's office, says the 44-year-old, whose full name was Jesse Chapman Carter Lay, died a natural death and was found at his house in Venice on Thursday afternoon.

Aunt Susan Lay Atwell says Lay's grandfather started Lay's potato chips. Today, the Frito-Lay foods business is owned by Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo.

Carter Lay was a cancer survivor and philanthropist who helped build schools and supported music education.