Bonnie Kalanick, the mom of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, died Friday night in a boating accident exterior Fresno, Calif. Donald Kalanick, Travis’s father, suffered “moderate injuries” because of the accident, and is presently hospitalized in Fresno, based on a report by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Workplace obtained a report of the accident barely earlier than 5 p.m. Friday. Deputies with the workplace’s boating enforcement unit already patrolling the lake went to research, together with deputies aboard the division’s helicopter. They later discovered Donald and Bonnie on shore.
A preliminary report indicated that the boat the couple was in struck a rock and sank, although the precise explanation for the accident remains to be underneath investigation.
Travis was near his mother and father, who he moved again in with whereas engaged on Crimson Swoosh, a peer-to-peer file sharing firm he co-founded previous to Uber.
Donald and Bonnie had been longtime boaters within the space, a source with information of the events instructed VentureBeat. Travis’s brother Cory is a firefighter in Fresno.
“Last night Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy. His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time,” Uber mentioned in a press release launched to the press.
An e-mail despatched to Uber staff by Liane Hornsey, the corporate’s head of Human Assets, is reproduced beneath.
I’m writing to share some heartbreaking news. Final evening Travis’ mom died in a tragic boating accident close to Fresno. His father, who was additionally on the boat, is in severe situation and is being handled on the hospital. That is an unthinkable tragedy as everybody within the Uber household is aware of how extremely shut Travis is to his mother and father.
Our ideas and prayers are with him and his household, and we needed to let his Uber household know straight away.
I do know all of us wish to do no matter we will to assist, and I’ll talk once more as quickly as there’s something we will share.