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West Virginia helicopter crash victims remembered at vigil

Billionaire coal-mining magnate Chris Cline was among the seven people killed in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas. (Source: Marshall University/CNN)
Billionaire coal-mining magnate Chris Cline was among the seven people killed in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas. (Source: Marshall University/CNN)(WHSV)
Published: Jul. 12, 2019 at 1:23 PM EDT
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Friends and well-wishers who gathered in Beckley on Thursday, remembered billionaire coal executive Chris Cline as a person who used his wealth to help people in trouble, often anonymously.

orthopedic surgeon Joe Prudhomme was one of several speakers at the community vigil. He told the crowd that once he and Cline stopped at a gas station and saw a sign about someone needing a bone marrow transplant.

Prudhomme says Cline covered the full cost of the stranger's operation.

Cline lived in Beckley for years when his daughter Kameron Cline was a child. That is how she and Beckley native Delaney Wykle became friends. Those three and four others were killed last week when their helicopter crashed after taking off from a remote private island in the Bahamas.

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