Life Christopher Cline died in helicopter accident By WeeklyNews staff Posted on July 5, 2019 1 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ The American billionaire Christopher Cline, who built his fortune with coal, died in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas. His lawyer announced that. Seven people died in the accident. The 60-year-old Cline, who crashed the day before his 61st birthday, is best known as the man who breathed new life into mining in the US state of Illinois. He was the founder of mining company Foresight Energy. According to business magazine Forbes, he sold his stake in that company in 2015 for 1.4 billion dollars. Cline comes from a mining family. His grandfather harvested coal with a pick axe and Cline himself went to work in the mines at the age of 22. Cline would account for $ 1.8 billion in assets.