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Aubrey McClendon died in a single-occupant, single-vehicle collision in Oklahoma City, on March 2 at the age of 56. McClendon, the shale pioneer who helped revitalize American crude oil production, was the founder and CEO of American Energy Partners (AELP). He also was co-founder, CEO and chairman of Chesapeake Energy, until his dismissal in 2013. He was known as a businessman and an advocate for natural gas as an alternative to oil and coal. The statement released by AELP, on the day of McClendon’s death, read: “Aubrey’s tremendous leadership, vision, and passion for the energy industry had an impact on the community, the country, and the world. We are tremendously proud of his legacy and will continue to work hard to live up to the unmatched standards he set for excellence and integrity.”

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