Official Statement: Nicky Hayden has died from his injuries

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.



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    Caroline Josland

    May 22, 2017 at 17:29

    It’s such a devastating loss to all that knew him from family friends to fans…RIP Nicky

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    Chris Woolfenden

    May 22, 2017 at 17:29

    Such sad news one of my favourite rider a massive loss to the sport my heart goes out to his family and friends R.I.P Nicky Hayden

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    Kranjit sandhu

    May 22, 2017 at 17:30

    wow a motorcycle champion but what took his life was a bicycle accident… what a loss to the bike racing…

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    Peter Edward

    May 22, 2017 at 17:38

    Too sad. The nicest guy in the paddock, and fantastic to watch too. RIP.

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    May 22, 2017 at 17:40

    So sad RIP #NickyHayden

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    Bhayanak Puppy

    May 22, 2017 at 17:43


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    Adam Huzaiz Alysha

    May 22, 2017 at 17:54

    Rip Nicky

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    May 22, 2017 at 17:55

    Condolences to his family and fans!!

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    May 22, 2017 at 17:56

    dreadful news, RIP lad

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    Cindy Smith

    May 22, 2017 at 17:57

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    Ronnie Metzler

    May 22, 2017 at 17:58


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    May 22, 2017 at 18:00

    RIP nicky

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    Thunder 9501

    May 22, 2017 at 18:11

    God no… Im sorry but i cant Like this Post. It feels like if i was liking His Death… This really Hits hard…

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    Mike Ruhlin

    May 22, 2017 at 18:18

    So very sad that Nicky has passed. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. He will not be forgotten!

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    alice jones

    May 22, 2017 at 18:25

    What a sad day. An amazing champion father husband is gone. May his family and friends find solace i…

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    george broaddus

    May 22, 2017 at 18:25

    I am in absolute shock. Nicky was everything to American racing fans. A true champion! #RIPNickyHayden #kentuckykid

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    Mark o' Leary

    May 22, 2017 at 18:26

    R.I.P #KentuckyKid

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    Grant Brunsvold

    May 22, 2017 at 18:31

    Can’t believe this. Going to miss him. #ripnicky69

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    Kallie Slabbert

    May 22, 2017 at 18:38


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    Ruhan Willemse

    May 22, 2017 at 18:54

    R.I.P Nicky Haden

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    Jared Cheeseman

    May 22, 2017 at 19:18

    @MissMoxley21 that sucks may he rip

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    May 22, 2017 at 19:19

    ‘What a really nice, humble and genuine guy! I really hope that if I was ever famous I’d be that coo…

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    cesar lagos

    May 22, 2017 at 19:55

    So sad , may he Rest in Peace . Condolences to his Family and to the Motorcyclist fraternity . Very sad .

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    Geri B Anderson

    May 22, 2017 at 20:01

    @DML74 I met Nicky when he was racing dirt track and he was absolutely the kindness young fella u ha…

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    Caroline Scoyne

    May 22, 2017 at 20:06

    This is just the saddest news. RIP

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    Rick T.

    May 22, 2017 at 22:09

    Absolutely gutting… RIP Nicky. One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet on or off the track.

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    Louisa Heather

    May 22, 2017 at 23:16

    Truly sad to read this. Ride on brother. This world has lost a great legend. RIP Kentucky Kid. #nickyhaden ❤️❤️❤️

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    Steven Woodley

    May 23, 2017 at 04:52

    We love you Nicky …. I’m placing your number on my ninja to honor you!

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    May 23, 2017 at 07:12

    Very Sad !

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    May 23, 2017 at 09:35

    Your race never ends ..thank you Simon and nicky

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    Megan Hillmer

    May 23, 2017 at 09:57

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