On Wednesday, March 2, Aubrey McClendon, the American face of hydraulic fracking, drove his natural-gas powered Chevy Tahoe into a concrete overpass just outside Oklahoma City. He was 56.
In 2008, McClendon's personal wealth totalled about $3 billion.
Aubrey McClendon -- also known as the "Fracking Cowboy" -- learned that the U.S. Department of Justice had indicted him for allegedly conspiring to suppress land prices in Oklahoma by rigging bids while he was still CEO of Chesapeake Energy, the company he co-founded in 1989.
According to the Tahoe's black box data recorder, McClendon had the accelerator floored until 1.5 seconds before the crash. He didn't brake in the final 9 metres before impact. McClendon wasn't wearing a seat belt, police reported.
But it wouldn't have mattered. His Tahoe hit the overpass at 126 kilometres an hour( almost 80mph), the front end crumpled and it burst into a fireball. McClendon died instantly.
McClendon's life ended at 9 a.m. on a sunny morning, after what had been a very bad day for McClendon, who the U.S. business press had called the "Shale King" and "America's most reckless billionaire."
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