Duke University files $9.9 million claim on McClendon estate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Duke University has filed a $9.9 million claim against the estate of former Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon for pledges the Duke alumnus made that the university says were unpaid at the time of his death in a fiery highway crash.

The claim is among several totaling hundreds of millions of dollars that seek part of the estate. McClendon was one of the founders of the Oklahoma City-based petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company and part owner of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 56-year-old was killed when his SUV smashed head-on into a bridge wall at nearly 80 mph a day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged bid rigging. Federal prosecutors dropped the indictment after McClendon’s death.

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