According to a news release from the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office, James Crown, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist from Chicago, received blunt force injuries after colliding with an impact barrier at Aspen Motorsports Park near Woody Creek. The coroner’s office is still looking into Crown’s death to determine the precise cause of death.
Crown, who among other businesses owned the Aspen Skiing Company, passed away at the age of 70. The coroner in Pitkin County, where Crown also occasionally resided in addition to Chicago, has determined that the tragic collision was an accident.
Chicago After learning of Crown’s passing, Mayor Brandon Johnson released a statement to CBS Chicago, telling the network that he was “devastated” to learn of the accident.
“A lifelong Chicagoan, Jim gave back to the city through philanthropy and leadership on a number of civic and academic boards as he was deeply committed to investing in Chicago and its people,” Johnson said in a statement.
“Jim truly personified the spirit of Chicago with his generosity. After our recent meeting to exchange ideas, I was especially appreciative of his promise to work cooperatively with my administration to create a safer Chicago. I hope for their peace and express my sincere condolences to his wife, four children, grandchildren, and the entire Crown family, the mayor continued.
According to CBS Chicago, Crown was a part of the Commercial Club of Chicago’s Civic Committee, a non-profit neighbourhood organisation. With the Civic Committee, he recently participated in the introduction of a project that aimed to raise tens of millions of dollars over the coming years to support the reduction of crime in Chicago by collaborating with neighbourhood groups and leaders. The new strategy, according to Crown’s earlier statements this month, intends to increase safety around the city.
President Biden issued a statement on Monday in which he said that Crown and his wife “represented America at its best — industrious, big-hearted, and always looking out for one another.” Crown and his wife had just attended a state banquet at the White House last week. He was a decent man, a close friend, and an outstanding American.