Travis Kalanick is taking time away from Uber

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick speaks to students during an interaction at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in Mumbai, India, January 19, 2016.
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Travis Kalanick is taking time away from Uber to deal with his family tragedy, according to an email sent to the company.

The CEO had been weighing a leave of absence from the company that’s been grappling with a series of cascading crises. Kalanick has also been dealing with his own personal tragedy after the unexpected loss of his mother during a boating accident over Memorial Day weekend.

Even a few hours before Tuesday’s company meeting, Kalanick had reportedly not made up his mind on what he wanted to do.

His recusal from the company was not a recommendation from the Holder report, but something Uber’s board discussed with the CEO during an emergency board meeting on Sunday. On Monday, his right-hand man and closest confidant, Emil Michael, left the company.