Billionaire among seven Americans killed in Bahamas helicopter crash

Billionaire among seven Americans killed in Bahamas helicopter crash

A billionaire donor to President Donald Trump was one of seven Americans killed in a helicopter in the Bahamas on July 4. The victims included three men and four women, according to the Associated Press.

None of the bodies recovered from the downed helicopter have been identified, but police Supt.

Mr Cline's death was confirmed by Jim Justice, West Virginia's governor on Twitter.

Among those killed was also one of Cline's daughters, the Register-Herald said, citing unnamed friends of Cline.

The cause of Thursday's helicopter crash was not immediately known. However, police told the outlet that it appeared there was no distress call before the helicopter went down. As of 2017, Chris's net worth was estimated at almost $2 billion.

His 61st birthday would have been on Friday, according to the Times.

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"Today we lost a WV (West Virginia) superstar and I lost a very close friend", Justice tweeted on Thursday.

Cline and his 22-year-old daughter Kameron were on board the aircraft when it went down Thursday, said Joe Carey, a spokesman for attorney Brian Glasser, who planned to issue a family statement later Friday. "What a wonderful, loving, and giving man", Justice tweeted. Chris was (an) exceptional human being and we all loved him so much. "People couldn't even imagine this". He established The Cline Family Foundation, which in 2011 gave $5 million to West Virginia University to endow a chair in orthopedic surgery and build a basketball practice facility.

He founded the Cline Group to mine coal in the hills of Appalachia before starting Foresight Energy LP, a joint venture with Robert Murray's Murray Energy Corp., to expand into IL and Missouri. Almost a decade later, the man nicknamed "The King of Coal" sold his controlling stake for $1.4 billion, Forbes reports. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen.

He also gave to academia, bestowing at least $8.5 million on Marshall University in West Virginia. "Our hearts are heavy". "Chris's generosity to our research and athletics programs has made a mark on Mashall University".

Justice added: "Cathy and I are praying for his family and all those involved in this tragedy". Klein resided in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Chris was romantically linked to Elin Nordegren for several years after her split from Tiger Woods in 2009. They traveled together to Haiti on a church mission in 2012 and she did work with the child-welfare organization Place of Hope after he introduced her to it. In 2014, the school's indoor athletic practice facility was officially named the Chris Cline Athletic Complex.

She said she believed that the helicopter was still in the water.

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