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Bobcats lament death of co-owner Beck in plane crash

</head> <body> <p>CHARLOTTE (Reuters) - The Charlotte Bobcats franchise mourned the loss of co-owner William "Skipper" Beck on Friday after the North Carolina businessman died in a plane accident earlier in the day.</p> <p>Beck, 49, was killed when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed at the Rock Hill York County Airport shortly after taking off, the Charlotte Observer reported.</p> <p>"The entire Bobcats Sports & Entertainment family mourns the loss of our partner and great friend Skipper Beck," majority owner Robert L. Johnson said in a statement on the NBA team's website (www.nba.com/bobcats).</p> <p>"We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.</p> <p>"Skipper loved basketball and was instrumental in bringing the Bobcats to Charlotte. As an owner, he was without question the Bobcats greatest fan. We will miss him at courtside."</p> <p>Beck's death occurred on the same day NBA great Michael Jordan, managing member of basketball operations for the Bobcats, was to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.</p> <p>The expansion Bobcats become the NBA's 30th team in 2004-05, two seasons after the Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans.</p> <p>(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Ken Ferris)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns clearfix"> <li><g:plusone size="medium" href="http://whbl.com/news/articles/2009/sep/11/bobcats-lament-death-of-co-owner-beck-in-plane-cra/"></g:plusone></li> <li><div id="fb-root"></div><script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#appId=112315878855956&xfbml=1"></script><fb:like href="http://whbl.com/news/articles/2009/sep/11/bobcats-lament-death-of-co-owner-beck-in-plane-cra/" action="recommend" send="true" layout="button_count" 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