Official statement from hospital announces that former MotoGP champion and current WSBK Honda rider has passed away.
The hospital released a medical announcement Monday afternoon announcing the death, with previous statements confirming ‘severe cerebral damage’ and that he was on ‘life support’.
Hayden was involved in a road traffic accident on Wednesday last week, after the bicycle he was riding was involved in a collision with a Peugeot in Rimini, where he was spending some time after the Imola World Superbike round.
The statement in full is as follows,
“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.”
In 2006, Hayden won the MotoGP championship, just pipping Valentino Rossi to the title. It ended the Italian’s streak of five consecutive championships and would be Hayden’s only championship.
After news of Hayden’s accident was announced last week, Rossi paid tribute to his competitor, describing him as, “one of the best friends I’ve ever had in the paddock”.
Hayden had suffered dramatic injuries in a bicycle collision with a Peugeot in Rimini on Wednesday 17th May.
36-year-old Hayden – a keen cyclist – was riding his bicycle following the World Superbike round in Imola when he was involved in a direct collision with the car, a collision that saw Hayden thrown over the bonnet and into the windscreen.
Ambulances and medics on site immediately treated the injury as life-threatening and soon after he was transferred to a hospital in Rimini where he was treated for severe chest and head trauma.
At 18:00 some four hours after the accident, Rimini hospital staff announced that he’d been moved to the major trauma unit in Cesenate for possible surgery, with his condition at the time being referred to as ‘critical’.
After fighting for his life in intensive care for five days, and with an outpouring of grief and support across the motorcycling community, Hayden lost his battle and succumbed to his injuries on Monday afternoon.
Ian, Co-founder of Motofire was lucky enough to have met Hayden and has fond memories of their meeting:
“Not often do you meet people that leave a lasting impression on you, but Nicky was one of the few that have made me stop and think,
‘What a really nice, humble and genuine guy! I really hope that if I was ever famous I’d be that cool’.
It was 2013, and we were at the first ever MotoGP round to be held at the circuit of the Americas. I was there shooting photography for MCN and was given 20 minutes with Nicky for photographs and video. The pictures are lost in time now, but the moments shared were great and ones & I will look back on them fondly when I think about all the riders I have met.
The intro to this video has a fleeting clip of Nicky that I shot for the Motorcycle News, video sting. Sadly that is probably the only evidence of my meeting him.”
A full timeline of the events following Nicky Hayden’s accident can be found here.