Famed Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has died at age 91.
According to reports, Pickens passed away at his family home, surrounded by family and friends. Memorial services for Pickens in Dallas and Stillwater, Oklahoma, are currently pending, according to the Texas Tribune.
Following news of Pickens’ passing, former U.S. President George W. Bush released a statement, praising and commemorating the oilman.
"T. Boone Pickens became a household name across the country because he was bold, imaginative, and daring,” Bush said. “He was successful – and more importantly, he generously shared his success with institutions and communities across Texas and Oklahoma. He loved the outdoors, his country, and his friends and family, and Laura and I send our condolences."
Recently elected Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson also released a statement, saying Pickens will be remembered as a Texas legend.
“I am saddened to learn about the death of a Dallas icon, T. Boone Pickens,” Johnson said. “While he might have been an Oklahoma boy, he’ll always be remembered as a Texas legend. I’m incredibly grateful for his many contributions to Dallas. My thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends.”
Pickens had remained incredibly active prior to his passing and had publicly endorsed the building of a Texas Tech Veterinary Medicine School in Amarillo as recently as May, the Texas Tribune reports.