The director of JPMorgan Chase and ally of the president, James Crown, died in a mysterious car crash after attending the White House state dinner, according to The Western Journal. The accident reportedly occurred on a racetrack in Aspen, Colorado. The 70-year-old was the chairman of the Aspen Institute and was in the state for the annual festival.
Crown was not exactly a descendent of wealth but was the grandson of industrialist Henry Crown whose son then built a construction empire. He died following a crash at the Aspen Motorsports Park when he collided with an impact barrier. An autopsy is currently pending but the coroner stated that blunt force trauma is obvious and ruled the death an accident.
The president responded to the news and recalled that they recently met again at the state dinner. He described Crown as always thought and warm. Biden then reflected on Crown’s legacy, calling him “industrious and big-hearted.” Biden reflected on Crown’s legacy, praising his career as a leader in both business and civics.
Former President Barack Obama also reflected on Crown’s death, calling him a “pillar of Chicago.” Before being elected president, Crown was reportedly part of Obama’s inner circle. Crown was among those who Obama allegedly confided in and spoke to when he was entertaining running for president.
The Obamas and Crown remained friends well into Barack’s presidency. In 2014, Michelle Obama reportedly stayed at Crown’s home in Aspen.
Crown’s death also prompted a statement from Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson. Once again, the billionaire was recognized for his important role in Chicago civic life and for helping keep Chicago safe. Johnson commended his philanthropy and leadership. He then extended his condolences to Crown’s family, including his children, grandchildren, and his wife. He added that he will pray for them.