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Hamilton leads tributes for MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden who dies five days after cycling crash

Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton led the tributes for former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden who died five days after being involved in a cycling accident in Italy, according to Italy’s ANSA news agency and Red Bull Honda, a sponsor of Hayden. He was 35.

Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP world champion, had been hospitalized at the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy, following the accident last week.

“Dear Nicky, you will be missed. May God hold you high, you are forever in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones,” said Hamilton of the driver nicknamed the Kentucky Kid.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team posted on Twitter: “Once a champion, always a champion.”

View a selection of tributes collected below.


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