Report rules McClendon’s death accidental

Scott Sullivan
The crash happened the day after the former Chesa-peake Energy CEO and part-owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder was indicted by a federal grand jury for bid rigging, triggering speculation of a possible suicide. Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama said last week that investigators didn’t find enough evidence to prove whether the crash was intentional. “We spoke to anybody who may have had contact with him after he found out about the indictment,” said Balderrama. “He did not leave anything that would be interpreted as a suicide note or message.”

The March 2 car crash in which would-be Saugatuck Township developer Aubrey McClendon died was an accident, the Oklahoma medical examiner's office ruled June 8, also noting the energy magnate had traces of a drug in his system commonly used in sleep aids.

The eight-page autopsy report shows McClendon, 56, suffered multiple broken bones after driving his 2013 Chevy Tahoe at high speed into a bridge abutment and his body was badly burned after he died. The report lists multiple blunt force trauma as the cause of death.

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