Nicky Hayden dies five days after cycling crash

    American Nicky Hayden won the MotoGP world championship in 2006.

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    • American MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden dies aged 35
    • Hayden was involved in a cycling crash five days ago
    • He was crowned MotoGP world champion in 2006

    (CNN)Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden has 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.
      "It is with great sadness that Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has to announce that Nicky Hayden has succumbed to injuries suffered during an incident while riding his bicycle last Wednesday," Red Bull Honda posted on its website Monday.