Nicky Hayden not dead, family declares
Nicky Hayden is not dead after a bicycle accident on Wednesday. The roadside incident took place while training in Rimini, Italy.
Rumors have circled social media today. However, the family declares the injuries are very serious and Nicky Hayden is on life support.
Many reports state the bike champion has suffered brain damage. Hospital staff stated Hayden was moved to the major trauma unit at the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena for possible surgery.
Nicky Hayden is the 2006 MotoGP World Champion. At age 35, Hayden currently rides for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team.
Road Racing News spoke to the family today. The statement from the Nicky Hayden family is posted below.
Earl Hayden told me the following:
The family HAS NOT issued a statement that Nicky is dead.
Nicky IS NOT dead, although he is on life support.
Nicky was riding his bicycle alone, NOT in a group of 14 riders.
Doctors DID NOT perform surgery on Nicky.
Nicky WAS NEVER in an induced coma.
Reb Bull Honda Superbike Team