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Founder of Murray Energy, Bob Murray, dead at 80
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Ohio Valley coal giant Robert "Bob" Murray died at his St. Clairsville home on Sunday. He was 80. 

A spokesperson for the Murray family told NEWS9's Gage Goulding that Murray was surrounded by his family when he passed in the early morning hours. 

Murray had been battling ongoing health conditions for several years. In 2016, he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a disease found frequently in coal miners. The spokesperson said Murray's passing was not related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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In mid-September, Murray Energy emerged from bankruptcy under a new name, American Consolidated Natural Resources.

Just a month later on October 19, Murray announced his retirement from ACNR.

Shortly after the announcement of Murray's death, West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R) shared condolences on social media. 

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey also offered his condolences to the Murray family. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) also shared his thoughts and condolences on social media Monday morning. 

No details about a public service were released. 

Stay with NEWS9 for updates on this developing story. 

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