Thunder part-owner Aubrey McClendon died Wednesday morning in a one-car crash, according to Oklahoma City police.
There was “no indication McClendon tried to stop his car from wrecking,” police said, according to Graham Lee Brewer of The Oklahoman.
Thunder chairman Clayton I. Bennett issued the following statement:
“I am overcome with grief. Aubrey McClendon was a visionary community leader, a trusted business partner and a passionate member of the Thunder family, But more than anything, he was a brother and a dear friend. His love of his community and his desire to make Oklahoma a better place will forever inspire all of us. Louise and I offer our love and prayers to Katie and the McClendon family.”
McClendon, 56, was indicted Tuesday on conspiracy charges. He is alleged of conspiring to suppress oil and gas prices while serving as CEO of Chesapeake Energy, the company that owns the naming rights to the Thunder’s arena.
Police responded to the scene of the crash at about 9 a.m. Monday. McClendon’s car struck a bridge and was completely burned. He was the only passenger.
McClendon was an original member of the ownership group that bought the franchise and moved it from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008.
- Dan Gartland