"His selfless and generous support for programs and projects throughout the state improved the lives of countless West Virginians", Jenkins said.
Coal tycoon and self-made billionaire Christopher Cline, 61, was among seven people who died in a helicopter crash on Thursday in the Bahamas, the Register-Herald of West Virginia reported, citing friends of Cline.
It was reported missing around 3 p.m. Thursday when it did not arrive after a 2 a.m. takeoff, information from investigators indicated.
Six other people also died in the helicopter that crashed off Grand Cay island on its way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Bahamian police said.
Among those on board was coal executive and philanthropist Chris Cline, his lawyer confirmed. Other victims include David Jude, Delaney Wykle, Jill Clark, and Brittney Searson. Officials were able to recover the aircraft and located the bodies of four females and three males inside.
Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold told the Register-Herald: "Words can't express the absolute sorrow and disbelief".
"Our hearts are heavy with the awful news this evening of the passing of prominent Son of Marshall Chris Cline", Marshall University President Jerome A.
In later years, the two reconnected when Hamrick took over as AD for the Herd.
By all accounts, Cline, a Wyoming County native who later lived in Raleigh County, shunned the spotlight during his life. "What a wonderful, loving, and giving man", Justice said. According to a 2010 Bloomberg Markets profile, which dubbed him the "New King Coal", he owned a 164-foot yacht called Mine Games and a 34 400-square-foot oceanfront mansion in Florida.
Bahamas real-estate agent John Christie, who sold the land, said Big Grand Cay was developed by the late Robert Abplanalp, inventor of the modern aerosol spray valve and a friend of President Richard Nixon.
Foresight Energy generated coal sales revenues of $1.097 billion last fiscal year, it says on its website.
Cline was the founder of Foresight Energy, which he developed into a coal mining empire.
Raised in a West Virginia town of 200 residents, Cline became one of the richest coal barons in America. He'd get lost in a crowd which is the way he wanted to do things.
In an interview with PEOPLE in 2014, Nordegren, 39, demurred on her relationship with Cline saying only, "Chris and I, since we've been close, have decided not to talk about [it]".
"He came from humble beginnings and never forgot where he came from and he took care of those who were in need and also took care of his employees and those who he surrounded himself with".