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Just got this news on Dutch tv; no details for this moment.

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From the BBC News Website:-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/cycling/3489569.stm

"Pantani found dead


Pantani won the Tour de France in 1998
Italian cycling star Marco Pantani has been found dead in his flat in Rimini.
The 34-year-old climbing specialist, nicknamed the "pirate", won the 1998 Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.

But his career was blighted by doping allegations.

He was thrown out of the 1999 Giro d'Italia for failing a blood test.

In June, he entered a health clinic specialising in the treatment of depression and drug addiction. "
 

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Pantani

Just checked the Yahoo cycling page and Pantani did pass away. The report said that he passed away in Bimini (or something like that). I had heard that he had been depressed but not to this extend. He was only 34. I tried to get on his fan webpage but I couldn't get on so a good many people must be checking out the site.
Also, Cyclingnews reported that a 21 yr old Dutch rider passed away in his sleep. The examiner said that he doesn't think the kid was on anything but until the autopsy is complete, it is anyone's guess.
 

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Well said

Even non-fans could at least appreciate his flamboyance, and his attacking style of climbing. He will be sorely missed.

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that is very sad. regardless of whether you liked him or not he was a colorful person and will be missed very much
 

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awful.

I just saw this on velonews, truly a sad end for his story no matter what the cause. It seems he's had a rough go of late, I really do hope that had nothing to do with his demise. I always admired him as a rider and liked his style. The best climber ever in my eyes. Very sad news today.
 

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my second favorite

it was so one of my lifelong goals to meet or watch Il Pirata ride.

that little bald climbing *******.

i didn't cry over my grandmother, but i'm in pieces now.

Ii mancherò, il Mio hero.

forza marco!
 

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Funny...I felt much the same when Alex Lowe died.

This is sad. He will be missed in a sport that he brought more to than I think he gave himself credit for....

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Wow!

That is shocking news! He was still a young man, I'm not sure of his age, 32-33? He was a pure climber. All of Italy must be mourning..I was hoping he would make a comeback some day.....you never know..
 

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somebody tell me

somebody tell me this is bullsh!t.

holy god i cannot believe this.

he was 34. that little climbing bast*rd.

there was so much yet to come for marco.

we've all suffered a deep and severe loss.

i cannot believe this.
 

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somebody tell me this is bullsh!t.

holy god i cannot believe this.

he was 34. that little climbing bast*rd.

there was so much yet to come for marco.

we've all suffered a deep and severe loss.

i cannot believe this.
"There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you. Nor will there be any future in which we shall cease to be."

-- The Bhagavad Gita

Because Pantani was, he will always be. He may have slipped away physically, but he'll always be there blowing apart the '98 Tour or giving Lance fits on the climb to Courcheval in 2000. Want to meet him? Just go climb the biggest hill that you can find. Float over the pedals, attacking. Wonder how in the hell he did it. And he did do it, after all, even if there were those who sought to question his methods or honesty.

And now, to shift religious and cultural belief systems, I'm going to power down the computer, curl up with my bikes and a copy of Velonews' "1998 Tour de France: Conquest and Crisis", and hoist a couple of Guinness' to celebrate the memory of Il Pirata.
 

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Depression is a terrible monster

I know this from firsthand experience. I do hope he has found peace.
 

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Rest in peace...shock does not describe. My very first stage of Letour was Ventoux of 2000. I have so many pictures and thoughts of that magical day. Along with Lance his face was the first live action I'd ever seen.
 

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t5rguy said:
Just got this news on Dutch tv; no details for this moment.

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What an extremely sad way to end a colorful and successful life. Despite his subsequent problems, I'll never forget the much-needed life he breathed into the sport of cycling when he won the Tour against all odds.
 
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