Uber founder’s mother dead in boating accident

SAN FRANCISCO – The mother of Travis Kalanick, CEO of American cab service Uber, was killed in a boating accident and his father was seriously hurt, according to authorities and a company official.

An initial investigation showed that Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died Friday after the boat she was in struck a rock in Pine Flat Lake near the central California city of Fresno, the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office said in a statement Saturday.

“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,” an Uber representative said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time.”

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick with his parents.

The boat sank in the lake and was to be retrieved to determine the circumstances of the accident, the CNBC reported.

Travis Kalanick runs privately-held Uber, which is valued at about $68 billion.