DENVER, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) today announces with profound sadness the death of F.H. Merelli, Chairman of the company. He was 76 years old. "On behalf of the Board of Directors and the employees of Cimarex, we extend our deepest sympathies to Mick's family and friends and the many colleagues whose lives he touched," said Thomas E. Jorden, Cimarex's Chief Executive Officer and President. "Words cannot express the debt of gratitude that Cimarex owes Mick Merelli, our founder, mentor, and friend. He left an indelible stamp on all who knew him – a stamp of integrity, a commitment to excellence, and a steadfast dedication to value creation. He cared deeply for his family, friends, and colleagues. We will miss him terribly, and will honor Mick by carrying on his legacy." About Cimarex EnergyDenver-based Cimarex Energy Co. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with principal operations in the Mid-Continent and Permian Basin areas of the U.S. www.cimarex.com SOURCE Cimarex Energy Co.