West Virginia’s NPR affiliate reports:
Robert E. Murray, the founder and former president and CEO of Murray Energy Corp., formerly the largest privately held underground coal company in the country, has died. He was 80 years old.
Murray’s death was reported Sunday evening by television stations WTOV9 in Steubenville, Ohio, and WOWK in Huntington, West Virginia. According to the news outlets, a spokesperson for the Murray family and a coal industry official confirmed his death.
Murray last week announced he was retiring as chairman of the board of American Consolidated Natural Resources, the newly formed coal company that emerged following the conclusion of Murray Energy’s bankruptcy process this summer.
The Daily Beast reports:
In 2017, Murray sued John Oliver for a Last Week Tonight segment that accused the coal tycoon of not doing enough to prevent the 2007 mine collapse, in which six miners and three rescuers died. Memorably, after Murray dropped the lawsuit in 2019, Oliver performed a musical number telling Murray to “eat shit.” Murray is reportedly survived by his wife Brenda and three children.
BREAKING: Murray Energy, the largest private coal company in the US, filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization today.
— ⚡Taylor Kuykendall (@taykuy) October 29, 2019