American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden died Monday from injuries received last week in a bicycle crash in Italy, the Associated Press reported. He was 35.
Nicky Hayden Cause of Death
“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.
Hayden was in Italy following a race at nearby Imola. He was training on his bicycle along Italy’s Rimini coast when he was hit by a car last Wednesday.
He was transported to the Bulfalini facility, the AP reports, where he is said to have been diagnosed with severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries.
Hayden, nicknamed the “Kentucky Kid,” graduated to the premier class of MotoGP in 2003 when he was 21. There, he teamed up with Italian racing champion Valentino Rossi, according to Fox Sports.
Three years later, Hayden won the MotoGP World Championship while competing against Rossi. In 2016, he switched from MotoGP to Superbike. Following the Imola race, he ranked 13th in points for the season.