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Thunder chairman Clay Bennett issues statement on passing of Aubrey McClendon

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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2012, file photo, Aubrey McClendon, left, CEO and chairman of the board of Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Clay Bennett, right, chairman of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder, watch during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Oklahoma City. McClendon, also a part owner of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, was killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)


Aubrey McClendon, the co-owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a man who helped move the team from Seattle to the Midwest, has died in a one-car accident. That tragedy came less than 24 hours after he had been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to rig bids on oil leases.

Clay Bennett, the chairman and primary owner of the Thunder, released this statement.

Our thoughts are with the McClendon family at the time of this tragedy.