The unexpected death of a high-profile executive isn't any more tragic than that of a regular person, but the public reaction can make a tragedy more palpable.
Former Chesapeake Energy (CHK) CEO Aubrey McClendon died in a car crash Wednesday morning, a day after he was indicted by the Department of Justice on bid-rigging charges. McClendon was 56.
"He pretty much drove straight into the wall," Oklahoma City police Capt. Paco Balderrama said. The car burst into flames following the crash.
While the crash is being investigated, social media have pushed the story to the top of the trending list on Twitter.
From Carl Icahn: "1/2 Aubrey McClendon was one of the brightest men I've ever dealt with. I personally always found him to be a gentleman in our interactions." -- @Carl_C_Icahn March 2, 2016
Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford: "The death of Aubrey McClendon is a tragedy for his family & #Oklahoma. Cindy & I pray the Lord's comfort over those that his life touched." -- @SenatorLankford March 2, 2016
Others offered their condolences to the Oklahoma City native, but the death following soon after the indictment left some tweeters with questions.
"Aubrey McClendon. Wow. No matter what you think of him and Chesapeake, it's so sad. And strange." -- Paul R. La Monica (@LaMonicaBuzz) March 2, 2016
"This Aubrey McClendon & Chesapeake story just got even more intense..." -- Dominic Chu (@TheDomino) March 2, 2016