HUNTINGTON -- Chris Cline, a Beckley native and Marshall University alum and benefactor, died in a helicopter crash Thursday in the Bahamas, according to multiple sources. Seven people were reported to be aboard.
Cline was a major benefactor to Marshall's VISION campaign. He donated $5 million in the campaign’s early stages. The complex was officially was named the Chris Cline Athletic Complex on Sept. 6, 2014.
Gov. Jim Justice offered his condolences to the Cline family in a tweet Thursday evening.
Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend. 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.— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) July 5, 2019
The flight had left the Bahamas and was en route to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, friends of Cline told the Beckley Register-Herald.
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