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(Reuters) - Coal tycoon and self-made billionaire Christopher Cline, 61, was among seven people who died in a helicopter crash on Thursday in the Bahamas, the Register-Herald of West Virginia reported, citing friends of Cline.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice confirmed Cline’s death on Twitter but offered no details on how it happened.
Today - WV - Superstar - Friend - Families
“Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend. Our families go back to the beginning of the Cline empire - Pioneer Fuel. Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give. What a wonderful, loving, and giving man,” Justice said.
“Cathy and I are praying for his family and all those involved in this tragedy,” Justice said.
Cline - Day - Birthday - Native - Beckley
Cline died the day before his 62nd birthday and was a native of Beckley, West Virgina.
Among those killed was also one of Cline’s daughters, the Register-Herald said, citing unnamed friends of Cline.
Helicopter - Takeoff - Atlantic - Ocean - Thursday
The helicopter went down shortly after takeoff in the Atlantic Ocean early Thursday near Walker’s Cay, the northernmost island in the Bahamas, BNO News...
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