Here’s a list of some notable names killed in a sport they cherished most

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1. Marco Simoncelli (20 January 1987 – 23 October 2011)

Marco was an Italian professional motorcycle racer who died in an accident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on 23 October 2011 after being run over following his own fall on the track.

2. Ayrton Senna

Three-time Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna died on 1 May 1994, as a result of his car crashing into a concrete barrier while he was leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy.

3. Roland Ratzenberger

The previous day prior to Senna’s crash, Roland Ratzenberger died when his car crashed during qualification for the race. His and Senna’s accidents were the worst of several accidents that took place that weekend and were the first fatal accidents to occur during a Formula One race meeting in twelve years. They became a turning point in the safety of Formula One, prompting the implementation of new safety measures in both Formula One and the circuit, as well as the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association to be re-established.

4. Duncan’s Kisumu victory overshadowed by young death of a spectator

Ian Duncan cruised to victory in the KCB Mobile Banking Rally in Kisumu.

But the mood quickly turned sombre in the lakeside town when a fan was crushed to death by one of the rally cars.

The fan, an eight-year-old boy, was hit by car number 26 of Sandeep Jandu and Gurdeep Mehangra “Dips”.

The car is said to have rolled just 400 metres to CS5 End at Awasi before it landed on a ditch.

5. Riyaz Kurji

There is an old adage in life that good people do not last. That adage has been resonating in mind since devastating news filtered through that Ugandan rally ace, Riyaz Kurji, had passed on doing what he cherished most.

Reports from Uganda indicated Kurji, driving a Subaru Impreza N8, sustained fatal injuries while leading the KCB-sponsored Pearl of Africa Rally.

Kurji died competitive section in Malangala village, Mityana District in 2009 after his car swerved off the road knocking an anthill and a tree. He was 46.

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