Patty Raynes, who passed away on Thursday, was eager to return to her “highly social” life in New York City before her housekeeper discovered her lifeless corpse in her Wellington, Florida home.
Anna Rothschild, Raynes’ closest friend, told Page Six that she last texted with Raynes on Monday, and that Raynes’ last text to her read: “Coming home on the 28th, let’s do so much fun stuff!”
Raynes, despite anticipating a good time, “wasn’t going out the past few days,” according to Rothschild.
“She was ailing. We communicated every day. She said, “I called her on Tuesday and Wednesday, but she didn’t answer, which is extremely unusual.”
However, “she was so eager to return. We were making arrangements,” Rothschild said.
On the morning of Raynes’ shocking death, some acquaintances received the news via text message, which included a message from Raynes’ sister, Nancy Davis, stating that she “would be grateful for ANY information regarding Patty’s activities over the past week.”
Alex Hamer, Raynes’ horse riding closest friend, said she was “completely normal” when they had dinner and attended a magazine party on April 19, the last time he saw her.
Tuesday was the last time he spoke with her, and “she was not feeling like herself. She reported that asthma had been troubling her and that she had visited the doctor, he told us.
According to Hamer, Raynes had not been seen riding her horse “for the past four or five days” prior to her demise, and she was looking forward to riding in New York this summer.
“She mentioned spending May and June in the city, followed by some time in the Hamptons and upstate,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rothschild is assisting the Davis family in planning her memorial service, which will reportedly take place on Tuesday.
Raynes was the daughter of the deceased oil magnate Marvin Davis, who died in 2004.
Raynes’ family was one of the sources of inspiration for the Carrington family on Aaron Spelling’s legendary daytime serial opera “Dynasty.”
It goes without saying that the dynamic was complex. Patty once filed a lawsuit against her siblings, mother, and family advisors, alleging that they aided her famous father steal her trust fund.
Multiple sources told us that Raynes was estranged from her family on the West Coast for years, until family tragedies, including Nick’s death in 2017, brought them back together.
She reestablished intimate relationships with her sister, Nancy, and her mother. “She spoke to them frequently and was overjoyed that they reconciled,” Rothschild said.
Barbara, the mother of Raynes, told us she was devastated by her daughter’s death. “Patty has left a hole in our hearts that cannot be filled,” she said in a family statement.
Her sister, Nancy, paid tribute to her on Instagram on Friday, writing, “Heaven has a new Angel.”
She also wrote, “I am beyond shocked and heartbroken to have lost my fun, loving, loyal, and caring sister without any warning and without the opportunity to give her one last kiss, one last embrace, and one last opportunity to tell her how much I loved her… I am certain that she is now with her son Nicholas, embracing him, because she was so saddened by his untimely death and his life on a large horse farm in heaven, jumping over gorgeous clouds and tall fences.”
Authorities have not disclosed the cause of Raynes’ demise.
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