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Nicky Hayden, MotoGP Champion, Dies at 35 After Bicycle Crash

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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. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

By    |   Monday, 22 May 2017 04:18 PM

Nicky Hayden, former MotoGP world champion from Kentucky, died in Cesena, Italy, five days after a bicycle crash left him with multiple serious injuries.

Hayden, 35, was training on the Rimini coast after a motorcycle race at Imola on May 17 when he was struck by a car, The Guardian reported. Authorities are investigating the crash and the driver who hit Hayden.

Hayden had severe head and chest injuries after the accident and was put into a medically induced coma, The Guardian reported.

After winning the MotoGP title three times from 2003-2016, Hayden switched to the World Superbike racing category last year, finishing fifth overall. He was 13th so far in the Superbike this season and rode for the Red Bull Honda team, ESPN reported.

“As well as being a true champion on the track, Nicky was a fan favorite off it due to his kind nature, relaxed demeanor, and the huge smile he inevitably carried everywhere,” Red Bull Honda said, according to The Guardian. “The ‘Kentucky Kid’ will be sorely missed by all that ever had the pleasure of meeting him or the privilege to see him race a motorcycle around a track.”

Hayden’s mother, fiancée and other family members flew to Italy to be by his side last week, The Guardian reported.

Many on Twitter, including fellow racers, expressed their sadness at the news of Hayden’s death.

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