The mother of the CEO of Uber, the transportation company, died in a boating accident Friday evening in California, the company said.
Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died. after the boat she and her husband, Donald, 78, was driving hit a rock in Pine Flat Lake in the eastern part of Fresno County, authorities said.
They are the parents of Theo Kalanick, 40, who founded Uber in 2009. The ride-hailing company has grown into an international operation and a pioneer in the sharing economy, with a market value of almost $70 billion.
In a memo to Uber’s staff, Liane Hornsey, the chief human resources officer, called the incident an “unthinkable tragedy.” She wrote that “everyone in the Uber family know how incredibly close He is to his parents.”
About 5 a.m. Friday, officers were called to the scene of the accident and found a man and a woman on a shore of the lake, the Fresno County Sheriff’s office said in a statement.
The woman died on the spot, and the man suffered minor injuries, the sheriff’s office said. He told officers the boat was sunk.
Uber identified the couple as the Kalanicks. The pair have long been boaters.
An autopsy of the woman is scheduled, the office said.
Donald Kalanick is treated in a hospital and is in stable condition, according to the company.
Crew tries to remove the boat from the lake Saturday, the sheriff’s office said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.