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Indicted Chesapeake co-founder Aubrey McClendon dead in fiery car crash

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Photo of TV footage of Aubrey McClendon's fiery car crash in northeastern Oklahoma City Wednesday morning.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Within hours of the world learning that the U.S. Justice Department had charged former Chesapeake Energy head Aubrey K. McClendon with conspiracy to suppress prices paid for oil and natural gas leases, the Oklahoma wildcatter died in a fiery car crash after driving into a concrete embankment near Arcadia Lake in northeastern Oklahoma County.

The report of McClendon’s death today has sent a shockwave throughout the energy industry.

Specifically, McClendon, according to, was accused of orchestrating a scheme between two “large oil and gas companies” to not bid against each other for leases in northwest Oklahoma from December 2007 to March 2012, the Justice Department said Tuesday in a statement. The charge is “wrong and unprecedented,” McClendon said Tuesday in a separate statement.

On social media, people are already noting the similarities between McClendon's car crash and the car crash, just north of Oklahoma City, which killed corporate whistleblower Karen Silkwood in 1974, as she headed to meet a New York Times reporter with incriminating documents in her car related to slipshod safety procedures at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron Fuel Fabrication Site plant near Crescent, Oklahoma.

McClendon was also one of the owners of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team.

Red Dirt Report’s Heide Brandes is on her way to the scene of the McClendon crash at the time of this report and will have a follow-up later today.

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