Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden has died just five days after he was involved in a cycling accident in Italy.
"It is with great sadness that Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has to announce that Nicky Hayden has succumbed to injuries suffered during an incident while riding his bicycle last Wednesday," Hayden's sponsor, Red Bull Honda posted on its website.
Red Bull Honda noted that Hayden's fiancée Jackie, mother Rose and brother Tommy were all by his side at the time of his death.
“Although this is obviously a sad time, we would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest - riding a motorcycle," Tommy Hayden said in a statement. "He dreamed as a kid of being a pro rider and not only achieved that but also managed to reach the pinnacle of his chosen sport in becoming World Champion. We are all so proud of that."
The 35-year-old was hospitalized at the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy, after being hit by a car during a training exercise along the Rimini coastline. Hayden suffered head and chest injuries in the accident and was placed in a medically-induced coma.
Authorities have opened an investigation into the incident and have questioned the driver of the vehicle that hit Hayden.
The driver was given a breathalyzer test, which concluded that the driver was not over the limit at the time of the crash. Italian police are expected to conclude their investigation by July.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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