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Nicky Hayden (1981 - 2017)

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Nicky Hayden (1981 - 2017)

Nicky Hayden, the former MotoGP champion motorcycle racer, died Monday, May 22, 2017, in Italy, five days after he was struck by a car while training on his bicycle, according to multiple news sources. He was 35.

He had been in intensive care in Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini Hospital, with his parents and family by his side.

The hospital released a statement.

"The medical team has verified the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, who has been undergoing care since last Wednesday May 17 in the intensive care unit of the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena following a very serious polytrauma which occurred the same day," the hospital statement said, according to The Associated Press.

Hayden, who had been racing for Red Bull Honda's World Superbike team, won the MotoGP championship in 2006.


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Also known as the Kentucky Kid, Hayden had raced in the World Superbike Championship in Italy May 14.

Hayden was born July 30, 1981, in Owensboro, Kentucky.

In addition to being the MotoGP world champion, he received the 2006 Cycle News rider of the year award. In 2003, he was named MotoGP rookie of the year. He won the AMA Superbike championship in 2002, and he won the 2002 Daytona 200.

He is survived by his parents, Earl and Rose Hayden; two brothers, Tommy and Roger; and two sisters, Jenny and Kathleen.

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