Motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden dies from injuries sustained in bicycle crash

Ross Houston
June 5, 2017

Former MotoGP world title champion Nicky Hayden dies at the age of 35 following a cycling accident in Italy. Five days later, Hayden passed away due to severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries.

The Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, where Hayden was admitted, released a medical bulletin announcing his death today.

United States motorcycle driver Nicky Hayden, seriously injured in a bicycle accident Wednesday, died on Monday, the Cesena hospital in central Italy said, where the 2006 MotoGP world champion was hospitalized.

35-year-old Hayden suffered cerebral damage after colliding with a auto on in Italy on Wednesday, 17 May. Authorities are investigating the crash and the driver who hit Hayden. Law enforcement officials in Italy launched an investigation into the accident and the 30-year-old driver of the auto was interrogated. He was competing for the Red Bull Honda team this season and was 13th in the riders' standings.

Hayden was born in Owensboro, Ky.

His mother Rose and brother Tommy had been at this bedside, along with Hayden's fiancee. This season he was with the Red Bull Honda team.

Hayden had raced in the Italian round of the Superbike World Championship at Imola the weekend before his accident.

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 file photo, Honda MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden holds up his hand during an official pre-race press conference ahead of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, Australia.

Nine-time world champion Rossi took time out from preparing for this weekend's French MotoGP at Le Mans to pay tribute to Hayden. "We are all so proud of that", Tommy said. That victory swiftly got him into the big leagues; MotoGP, still with Honda, where he won rookie of the year in 2003.

"Hayden will be deeply missed by the paddocks he has graced throughout an incredible career, his millions of fans around the world, and by all those closest to him", MotoGP said on its website.

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