The Colorado Sun reported the terrible passing away of renowned business mogul James “Jim” Crown on his 70th birthday when he was driving at the Aspen Motorsports Park in Colorado.
The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office is awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the official cause of death. Unfortunately for him, it seems that he died from severe blunt force injuries sustained in a collision with an impact barrier.
A Philanthropic Giant Mourned by Family and Friends
In a statement to the press, the Crown family shared their grief at the passing of their loved one and humanitarian leader.
As they struggle to cope with the tragic loss, they have asked for privacy at this time.
A Life of Accomplishments and Contributions
James Crown, better known by his nickname “Jim,” had a distinguished career that saw him serve in a number of high-ranking capacities.
He made important contributions to the ski industry and the corporate world in his roles as managing partner of Aspen Skiing Co. and CEO and president of Henry Crown and Company, his family’s prestigious firm.
He spent time in both Chicago, where he had a principal home and the beautiful state of Colorado.
A Civic Leader with a Heart for Chicago
Crown participated extensively in the charitable work of the Commercial Club of Chicago, where he served on the club’s Civic Committee.
His dedication to Chicago is shown by his work with the Civic Committee on a new initiative to lower the city’s crime rate.
The campaign hopes to generate millions of dollars over the next several years for this worthy cause via collaborations with local leaders and organizations.
Remembering a True Chicagoan and Philanthropist
Brandon Johnson, the mayor of Chicago, sent his sympathies to the Crown family and spoke highly of Jim’s commitment to serving the people of Chicago.
Johnson praised Crown for his generosity and service on several academic and civic boards, praising Crown for his dedication to Chicago’s economy and the safety of its citizens.
A Cherished Presence at JPMorgan Chase
For decades, Jim Crown was a vital cog in the wheel of JPMorgan Chase in his role as a member of the board of directors.
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, sent his deepest condolences to the Crown family and remarked on Jim’s significant influence within the bank.
Dimon said that Crown’s departure will leave a sizable hole in the company.
A Trusted Advisor and Pillar of the Intelligence Community
Former President Barack Obama recognized James Crown’s contributions to national security by appointing him to the Intelligence Advisory Board in 2014. When President Obama and First Lady Michelle learned of Crown’s death, they were devastated.
Jim Crown was a pillar of Chicago who cared deeply about making our city a place where everybody can thrive. Michelle and I were also very lucky to call him a dear friend. We're heartbroken today, and we send our love to Paula and their wonderful family in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/IWLLd1IYtF— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2023
They spoke of him as a man who made Chicago what it is today, a leader in the Jewish community, and a great civic figure who cared about the well-being of all Chicagoans.
A Legacy of Love and Family
James Crown is survived by his adoring parents, Paula, their four children, and an abundance of grandkids.
His death will have a profound effect on his loved ones and the community at large as they cope with their grief and remember the good times they enjoyed with him.
Even though the world mourns James Crown’s passing, the legacy he leaves behind in terms of philanthropy, economic savvy, and civic leadership will live on. He deserves an everlasting respite from suffering.