Energy industry titan Aubrey McClendon and music legend Leon Russell are among the notable Oklahomans who died in 2016.
McClendon, the founder of Chesapeake Energy, died March 2 when his sport utility vehicle crashed into a concrete bridge in Oklahoma City and burst into flames. He was 56.
McClendon left Chesapeake in 2013 amid philosophical differences with a new board of directors and founded American Energy Partners, where he was chairman and CEO. He died a day after being indicted for allegedly conspiring to rig bids, a charge he denied.
McClendon, who was also part-owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, was renowned for his aggression and skill in acquiring...