Oklahoma City Thunder part-owner Aubrey McClendon was killed today in a single-vehicle accident, according to ESPN’s Royce Young.
McClendon was 56 years old and was yesterday indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of “conspiring to rig bids for the purchase of oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma,” according to Bloomberg News.
Prior to becoming part of the ownership group that bought the Seattle SuperSonics and moved them to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder, McClendon was the founder and CEO of American Energy Partners. He also co-founded and served as CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, which gave its name to the Thunder’s home arena. He is survived by his wife, Katie, and their three grown children: Jack, Callie and Will.
Campus Sports sends its deepest condolences to the McClendon family and the Oklahoma City Thunder organization and will update this story as any new information becomes available.
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