2010/04/01 Associated Press.Turin, Italy. - Motorsports legend Valentino Rossi has passed away due to injuries related to a motor-vehicle accident early this morning, the Associated Press has been informed.*The 31-year old motorcycle racing legend was involved in a tragic accident while driving to his hometown of Urbino from the northern Italian city of Turin. Details of the accident have not been released, although witnesses say the vehicle he was driving collided with a barricade in a small town just outside of Turin.*The nine-time world champion and current record holder for the most Moto GP wins – the premier league of motorcycle racing – will be greatly missed. Rossi is credited as being one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, and was one of the highest earning sports personalities in the world, having earned an estimated $34 million in 2007. Nicknamed “The Doctor,” Rossi was slated to continue racing for Fiat Yamaha in the 2010 Moto GP season. Team Yamaha declined to comment on future plans for a replacement for Rossi, stating that “right now, we are all just reeling from the loss of [Rossi], and the thought of trying to replace him seems impossible.” His family could not be reached to comment on the accident.
Can't believe it.