Nicky Hayden has died at the age of 35 – five days after being knocked off his bike in Italy. The American collided with a car on the Rimini coastline in Italy while cycling. He was taken into the intensive care unit of Cesena’s Maurizio Bufalini Hospital and has had his family by his side for the last five days.

But the hospital today announced he’d lost the fight for his life. A statement read: “The medical college has confirmed the death of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden, recovering from Wednesday May 17 in a hospital intensive care unit of Cesena Bufalini as a result of serious multiple injuries occurred on that date.”Hayden, who had been racing for Red Bull Honda’s World Superbike team, won the MotoGP championship in 2006. He had raced in the World Superbike Championship in Italy last Sunday. There are rumours in Italy that say Hayden pulled out the junction without looking before the car hit him. It’s also being investigated whether the fact Hayden was listening to music could have been a factor.

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