Chris Cline, a billionaire coal executive and an ex-boyfriend of pregnant model, died in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas on Thursday, July 4, just hours before his 61st birthday.
Seven aboard the helicopter died in the accident, including Cline’s daughter, according to NBC News.
The chopper departed for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, around 2 a.m. on Thursday and crashed near Grand Cay in the Abaco Islands. Authorities and Grand Cay residents found the aircraft overturned in 16 feet of water that afternoon.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced the businessman’s death in a series of tweets on Thursday. “Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend,” he wrote. “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.”
Tiger Woods and ex Elin Nordegren together
Tiger Woods and ex Elin Nordegren together
10 Apr 2002: Tiger Woods of the USA enjoys the accasion with his girlfriend Elin Nordegren at the Golf Writers Association of America Awards Dinner where he collected the PGA Tour player of the year award at the Radisson Hotel, Augusta, Georgia. DIGITALIMAGE. EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images
SUTTON COLDFIELD - SEPTEMBER 26: Tiger Woods of the USA with his girlfriend Elin Nordegren during the opening ceremony for the 34th Ryder Cup at the De Vere Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England on September 26, 2002. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
SUTTON COLDFIELD - SEPTEMBER 26: Golfer Tiger Woods poses with girlfriend Elin Nordegren during the opening Ceremony for the 34th Ryder Cup on September 26, 2002 in Sutton Coldfield, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 18: Golfer Tiger Woods and girlfriend Elin Nordegren attend the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets on February 18, 2003 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Caifornia. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren (Photo by Kevin Reece/WireImage)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 28: (FILE PHOTO) Tiger Woods of the USA with his girlfriend Elin Nordegren on the 17th green after his defeat during the afternoon foursome matches on the first day of the 34th Ryder Cup at the De Vere Belfry in this September 27, 2002 file photo in Sutton Coldfield, England. A Swedish newspaper reported on November 28, 2003 that world number one golfer Woods is to marry his Swedish girlfriend Elin, a 23-year-old former model. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 15: USA team member Tiger Woods with his fiance Elin Nordegren arriving at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches Gala Dinner at the Fox Theater on September 15, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
(FILES) This 16 September, 2004 file image shows US golfer Tiger Woods (L) and fiancee Elin Nordegren (R) leaving the opening ceremonies of the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. The golf superstar is set to wed his Swedish fiancee in an exclusive resort in Barbados, news reports said 04 October, 2004. The New York Post, citing unidentified sources, said the couple planned to tie the knot 05 October at the Sandy Lane luxury resort on the Caribbean island. Woods, 28, and long-time girlfriend Elin Nordegren, 24, became engaged in December last year. News of the impending wedding was broken last week by the Barbados Daily Nation newspaper, which said Monday that it had been inundated with calls from foreign newspapers and magazines. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(TABLOIDS OUT) Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage for PGA TOUR)
Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods, Kultida Woods and Bill Clinton (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for PGA TOUR)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) (TABLOIDS OUT) Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren, Jimmy Jam and Lisa Harris (Photo by Lester Cohen Archive/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods talk during the men's final between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Andy Roddick in the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on September 10, 2006 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Golfer Tiger Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren watch play during Game 4 of the NBA final between the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers June 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 21: (TABLOIDS OUT)(L-R) Tiger Woods, Sam Alexis, Kultida Woods and Elin Nordegren at the dedication of the statue honoring his father Earl Woods at the Tiger Woods Learning Center on January 21, 2008 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Honorary Standford Cardinal captain Tiger Woods holds his daugher, Sam, and stands next to his wife, Elin Nordegren, on the sidelines before the Cardinal game against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
(FILES) US team member Tiger Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren (R) wait for the rest of the team to finish play after Woods sunk his putt on the 13th green to win his match and clinch the cup win for the US in the Presidents Cup golf competition on October 11, 2009 at Harding Park Golf course in San Francisco. Woods was taken to hospital after being 'serious injured' in a car accident in Florida, US media reported on November 27, 2009. Media reports, citing the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), said Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and then drove into a tree after leaving his property in the Isleworth community in Windermere, a suburb of Orlando. He was transported to a local hospital in Ocoee in 'serious condition,' the FHP was quoted as saying. FILES/AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Nowadays, Nordegren is expecting her third child and her first with her current boyfriend, former Miami Dolphins star Jordan Cameron. The incoming addition will join the Stockholm native’s daughter Sam, 12, and son Charlie, 10, whom she shares with Woods, 43.
Nordegren and Cameron have yet to publicly comment on their relationship, but a source told Us Weekly last month that they met more than a year ago and are “very happy” to be expecting a baby together.
The Swedish beauty is also enjoying living in the Sunshine State. “Elin maintains a low profile and has a normal, boring life,” an insider previously told Us. “Florida allows her to live that quiet life. I hear she’s surprised that people care this much that she’s pregnant.”