Tragedy At Enduro World Series - Race Cancelled

Aug 1, 2015 at 20:34
by Matt Wragg  
We have just received official announcement that a rider died today during round five of the Enduro World Series in Crested Butte USA. Here is the official word from the organisers:

bigquotesIt is with the deepest regret that Big Mountain Enduro and the Enduro World Series announce that there was a serious accident during Stage 3, the first stage of Saturday's race, resulting in the fatality of a competitor. The rider's family has been informed and the competitor's identity will be released in due course.

Emergency personnel immediately arrived at the scene. The competitor was treated on scene by medical personnel and transported to the nearest roadway. The Gunnison County medical examiner confirmed the fatality.

With respect for the rider and their family, this round of the Enduro World Series competition has been cancelled. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the rider's family.

The thoughts of everyone here at Pinkbike are with the rider's family and friends.

Crested Butte Police Report



402 Comments

  • + 929
 Condolences to the rider's family. It is terrible to lose someone, regardless of the circumstances.
  • + 122
 God bless.
  • + 34
 could not be said better.
  • + 18
 We all knew this day would come. Very sorry for the family and friends that will be affected by this. Very sad.
  • + 19
 My Heart goes out to the Family and the loved ones...
  • + 106
 We lost a brother/sister today doing what they loved to do, and lived to do. Lets all remember to hug our loved ones, ride our bikes, and be thankful for our sport and amazing community. I hope you're riding that endless singletrack. RIP.
  • + 21
 I'm getting chills just reading this. Condolences to the riders family
  • + 31
 Such awful news and my absolute condolences to the fallen guys friends and family. Would it be a nice tribute to get everyone to ride out the final stage at a leisure pace all together with black arm bands as a mark of respect and solidarity for the guy?
  • + 19
 im very sad to hear about this. my condolences go out to his/her family. its a terrible thing to lose a fellow rider...im going to go riding today to pay tribute to him/her, i think we all should, i know if something like this ever happened to me i would want everyone to keep riding, and to keep enjoying the best sport in the world. Rest In Peace, we will all meet you up there someday and ride forever.
  • + 8
 Press Release from Mt. Crested Butte Police Department:On August 1, 2015 at approximately 11:15 a.m. a fatal accident occurred in the Gunnison National Forest on Trail 400, Star Pass near the Block and Tackle Trail. Dispatch 911 was reached shortly after 12:00 p/m/ and Crested Butte Search and Rescue was immediately launched.During Stage 3 of the Big Mountain Enduro and World Series, William Dean Olsen, 40, of Edwards Colorado, a competitor in the event, was fatally injured in a mountain bike accident and died as a result of his injuries.Reportedly, two interval riders following the victim immediately began CPR and continued for approximately thirty minutes with race personnel arriving at the scene and continuing CPR for a minimum of  thirty minutes longer. A Paramedic, transported by Care Flight helicopter, arrived on the scene a pronounced the rider deceased. Care Flight was staged in the Buckhorn Subdivision, Crested Butte, Colorado as part of race emergency medical personnel. The victim was carried to the nearest trailhead by Search and Rescue members. At approximately 4:00 p.m. the Gunnison County Coroner accepted victim.

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  • + 3
 So bummed out by this. I didn't know Will but sincere condolences to his friends and family.
  • + 1
 My condolences to the family. What a sad tragedy... :'(
  • + 1
 Thoughts and prayers to the friends, family and the biking community who knew him!
  • + 389
 RIP Will! You have been my best friend for longer than I can remember, you made me a better rider, a better person and after finally convincing you to start racing last year at Snowmass, you made me a better racer. I love you with every ounce of my body and I always WILL my friend. I know you are now ripping the most pristinely perfect, endless trail on Heaven dirt now with a huge smile on your face just like you did on every ride. The mtb community lost a most talented rider yesterday but the world lost an even greater person. You passed shredding on a mtb on your favorite trails in the world and I know you would have wanted it no other way my brother. Rip in peace for all eternity Will and I'll see you on the other side my friend. Godspeed Will Olson, I love you man!
  • + 15
 Sorry you lost your friend. RIP Will.
  • + 9
 Love to all his friends and family. I never met Will but heard stories about him through bigwhls how much he loved to ride and how talented he was. The news that a fellow rider died hits my soul hard.
  • + 7
 gutted man, so sorry to hear.... cannot believe it. RIP Will the thrill
  • + 2
 I am praying for you right now. @Bigwhls
  • + 12
 Beautiful words, Mike, I cannot tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I'm honored to know you and am glad you and Will and I got to ride bikes together for a week.
  • + 24
 @bigwhls my best friend passed away last summer. He was a great guy, had an incredible sense of adventure and loved to ride his bike. His parents gave me his bike after the funeral and told me to ride it with intensity, and as much as I can.

I am incredibly sorry for your loss, as well as for the rest of his friends and family. I understand your situation quite well on a personal level.

I'll be praying for you.
  • + 16
 that's the most heart-breaking thing ive read as a mountain biker so so sorry to read these words best wishes to you and RIP Will
  • + 7
 My deepest condolences to you, @bigwhls (and anyone else who knew him). I've had two of my riding buddies pass in the last few years, but neither were as abrupt/sudden as this loss. Take care, and remember to celebrate him often.
  • + 1
 So tragic. RIP Will Frown
  • + 1
 Damn, right in the feels. Having lost some close friends in tragic events I feel for you, the family and all those affected. May your body RIP while you shred every mountain in heaven.
  • + 6
 So sorry man. It should never, ever be like this.
  • + 1
 So sorry @bigwhls. My condolences to you, to all of his friends and family.
  • - 20
flag dumpsterdiver1 (Aug 2, 2015 at 12:55) (Below Threshold)
 That moment when you try to up vote but it says "props already given".
  • + 1
 Sorry for your loss!!
  • + 4
 @bigwhls : I'm sorry for your loss, deeply. Losing a friends is one of the most difficult things we ever go through. It's often times more acute when it's a "brother in arms", so to speak. What you two have experienced together must be nothing short of wonderful and epic.

Keep your chin up! I'll keep you in my thoughts.
  • + 1
 So sorry for your lose and the lose of his other family and friends. I don't pray, but you all are in my thoughts. Much love, much respect. Help each other, love each other...We never know when won't be able to anymore.
  • + 334
 This is not the time to compare enduro to downhill, XC, bowling, etc. Anything. We lost a brother/sister today. And that sucks. My personal condolences to the family. May we all stick together as friends, as cyclists, AS PEOPLE. Stay strong.
  • + 21
 Wise words my friend. RIP.
  • + 171
 Pretty heavy here in Crested Butte right now and rightly so. I didn't hear a single person complain about cancelling Stage 4 immediately after the rider went down. Thoughts were with him and not the stage that was cancelled while we were at the starting gate. Good to see solid perspective from competitive people. Proud of my fellow mountain bikers at that moment in this very difficult time.
  • + 122
 As sad as it is, you've reminded me of one of the reasons I love this sport. Someone could drop dead at the boston marathon or an Ironman tri and people would riot if you cancelled it. As horrible as it is that anyone needed to, I think our sport did it right.
  • + 8
 do you know any details of the accident? like how/what happened exactly? (not asking you to disclose the name of the rider) Those trails near cement creek are some of my favorites, maybe the best trails i've ever ridden... although i have not yet ridden the brush creek trail (i presume that's where the accident happened, since it was on stage 3)

what a bummer...

thanks in advance for any more news...

peter
  • + 9
 I don't think that will be disclosed, and I only imagine a few people (maximum) saw it happen.
In this situation I don't really want to know, it's a horrible thing to happen at any level of the sport and I hope it never gets repeated.
All my condolences
  • + 5
 @DrPete, While I appreciate the intent of your comment, I gotta take issue with it's presentation. The Boston Marathon comparison bothers me. The Boston Marathon had over 30,000 participants running a closed route, 26.2 miles long through the middle of one of the most traffic congested cities in the U.S., over 500,000 spectators. Cancelling an event of this proportion for a fatality is unrealistic in most cases. However, I do seem to remember the Boston Marathon being abruptly cancelled mid-race not too long ago, didn't see much rioting after that. I'm sorry if I come off as a dick, but as a local, the comparison kinda pissed me off.

That being said, my condolences to the family and friends of the fallen rider, sucks when we lose one.
  • + 10
 I think if something was to happen to me, I would want the race to go on. I can understand both sides, but I'm glad that they cancelled the race. RIP brother and condolences to his family and friends.
  • + 13
 I think this is good question. Maybe having It answered would prevent another fatalities.
  • - 21
flag DrPete Plus (Aug 2, 2015 at 10:38) (Below Threshold)
 Apologies for using the Boston Marathon, and you're right-it was cancelled for a terrorist attack. But if an individual runner dies, wouldn't you agree that it's not that big a deal and gets minimal attention or coverage?
  • + 3
 guys, stop arguing, just take a moment to remember Will and give a prayer to his family. Ride In Peace man
  • + 8
 @freeride-forever give your head a shake...
  • + 1
 I think your comment stating "people would riot if you cancelled it" is a touch insensitive buddy.
www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bla-triathlon-death-dies-gwynedd--9406571
I was in this half ironman and this event was cancelled for the very same reason...to add to it all the pro winners donated all the winnings along with the organisers and sponsors to the guys charity. I see what your trying to say you just come across in the wrong context.
  • + 0
 @cat-funt Have you counted how many races went on despite a fatality?
  • + 1
 I apologize if it came across as insensitive but there are many events that don't cancel due to a fatality, at least here in the U.S. and I've always found it classless. That's all I was trying to say.
  • + 1
 In all sports yeah.
  • + 1
 No need to apologise mate, I'm sure there are instances in ALL sports fields where good and bad has been done after the worst circumstances (including mtb) I just find your comment a bit out of order to say any other sport would riot while mtb did it right.
  • + 97
 Saw a great quote to why we all ride and that is not to add days to our life but to add life to our days we are here. This person passed away to young is my guess but did it living the life he wanted. Ride in peace.
  • + 82
 terrible, MTB is a sport to have fun. Condolences to family
  • + 73
 It would be awesome if pinkbike and EWS could try to gather some photos of him from friends and race photographers in order to give him one big photo epic as tribute. RIP
  • + 3
 ˆˆ
This!

It would be awesome indeed.
  • + 8
 www.pinkbike.com/news/big-mountain-enduro-crested-butte-ultra-enduro-photo-epic-2014.html

Scroll down the page and you will see a pic from last years race. My condolences.
  • + 61
 You did what you loved to do. Ride a cool bike thru the mountain meadows and forests. You were pushing hard, but often mountain bikers crash. We are terribly saddened to hear of your loss. Godspeed you on your way. As for us, I say we make it a rule. If we lose a brother this way, we stop the racing and start supporting and don't pick up a bike until he is in the ground. Show a little respect to the family and let them know we stopped to honor him. Cancel the race and move on. Humans are more important than points.
  • + 60
 A brother in our biking community has died doing what we love to do. This is just plain tragic...condolences to friends and family. Leave the enduro debate out of this. Rest in peace my fellow biker.
  • + 1
 A person* they still have not released the final statement. Never the less thoughts go out to the family and friends
  • + 1
 Amen...
  • + 1
 Will Olson was a male. Press release this morning in CB.
  • + 54
 RIP hope your on a never ending perfect trail
  • + 38
 “Never regret thy fall,
O Icarus of the fearless flight
For the greatest tragedy of them all
Is never to feel the burning light”
-- Oscar Wilde

Condolences to the rider's friends and family.
  • + 24
 I am so sad at this moment for his family's loss and his good friends that thought very deeply of him. I actually no the man that has passed on and hung out with him and his best friend only three weeks ago. He was so passionate about racing and trying to better himself all the time on his races. My prayers go out to his family and girlfriend may his passion for mountain biking be passed on to the next life! We'll really miss you! God bless you my friend!
  • + 24
 Ride in Peace
  • + 18
 First Aid - take a look around at your regular riding group. who has it? basic CPR? no.....?

take a basic FA course plus CPR. advanced FA or Wilderness FA takes two weeks. too much time for most people.

impaled by a branch, head injury, snapped neck, broken limbs, heart attack, snake bit, you name it. can't figure it out....? maybe you shouldn't be out in the bush. get FA & CPR, please.
  • + 4
 I've been thinking about going on a course for a whole...now I'm going to get it booked
  • + 2
 I take the CPR training at work when it comes around for the very reason that I ride and race with others.
  • + 1
 I always keep my OFA up to date. I've saved/helped countless people in bike parks, kbr, on hikes, back country bike rides, ski touring, etc. You would be stupid not to at least have some first aid training while out in the woods, involved in sports, especially both.
  • + 1
 Great advice!
  • + 1
 I'm one of the first aid, water rescue and safety instructors for the school I work at, I can not recommend enough that people get first aid and CPR training, epically if you work or even have children and if you do a sport where you can be miles away form help. Unfortunately I didn't work in this situation and my condolences to the family and friends. I would say a big thank you to the riders and support crew that did their hardest to help. Your efforts are respected.
  • + 1
 @gnar.. I have CPR buddy. Renew every couple of years. I gotcha covered.
  • + 1
 Good advice, but would have made zero difference in this case.
  • + 16
 We don't ride bikes to add days to or life, we all ride bikes to add life to our days. Its a quite stormy day in Crested Butte. I didn't know you but I shared the course with you, RIP WILL.
  • + 2
 Well said mate
  • + 16
 Gutted to hear this. My deepest condolences
  • + 11
 Ugh, I hate to see something like this happen. It conjures up memories of carrying an unconscious guy down part of the Downieville course. Flying down a hill on a bike can be a dangerous activity. My prayers go out to the riders family.
  • + 13
 Died doing what he loved. Rest in Peace man. My condolences to the family and friends.
  • + 14
 I'll miss you man. May the trails be better on the other side.
  • + 5
 You know they are. That never ending downhill singletrack.
  • + 9
 This is really sad, and an unfortunate risk in the finest sport in the world, you've just gotta hope/think that the rider was on the ride of their lives and having a blast. Definitely the right move by EWS to show respect. Regardless of who the rider is its a huge loss to the sport and community.
  • + 8
 It's heartbreaking that he/she died doing what they loved. And at a place where they were probably having the time of their life just hours or minutes ago.

A few weeks ago I had a close call with a tree that appeared out of nowhere. No helmet would have meant death or worse. I think most of us on here have had near-misses where we thought: "Holy S*". Days like these make you worry about the more important things in life than having the latest XTR this and Enve that. I hope the rider's family and friends will be ok.
  • + 8
 Read on "bikemag" --> Organizers canceled round five of the Enduro World Series on Saturday in Crested Butte, Colorado, following the death of a competitor on Stage 3 during the second day of the three-day race.

According to a press release from the Crested Butte Police Department, William Dean Olson, 40, of Edwards, Colorado, crashed in the Gunnison National Forest at Trail 400 near the Block and Tackle trail, and died on the scene from his injuries.

The accident happened at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday.

“Reportedly, two interval riders following the victim immediately began CPR and continued for approximately thirty minutes, with race personnel arriving at the scene and continuing CPR for a minimum of thirty minutes longer,” the press release said. “A paramedic, transported by Care Flight helicopter, arrived on scene and pronouced the rider deceased.”
  • + 49
 Hats off to the riders that provided CPR. Although it was sadly unsuccessful in this case it underlines why all riders should get some basic first aid training - especially in races as far into the backcountry as this.
  • + 9
 Just can't imagine how'd I feel after providing CPR for 30 minutes just to learn it was unsuccesful
  • + 9
 After 10 minutes it's likely to be unsuccessful :/
  • + 11
 It's always likely to be unsuccessful, especially in trauma
  • + 6
 Cpr can increase chances of survival for up to an hour, although chances do decrease. Glad there were people who could try help the best they could.
  • + 1
 @mnorris122 The likelihood of survival may statistically diminish over time but as makripper stated, it can prolong chances of survival even after 10-30 minutes have elapsed.
  • + 8
 More informations from Fabien Barel on Facebook : We all love to ride head on fire next to the edge. We can imagine broken bones, big damages to our body and we do know it is part of the game.

Yesterday, one of us passed away hitting a tree at high speed. No-one could think about this type of situation doing what we love most. All our support is going to Will's family and friend as we know that no words do justice to our feelings
  • + 9
 Terrible news, tough to stomach as a fellow biker, but there's some solace in that s/he went out on their own terms, shredding bikes. roll in peace!
  • + 6
 I saw the title of this and thought that this can't be for real. I kept reading and kept thinking I was going to see a "gotcha!" and it never happened. This is so sad. Prayers out to the family and everyone involved in this tragedy.
  • + 7
 It doesn't matter what extreme sport or not so extreme. When we lose someone we love because of an act that they love doing it's sad, so sad . We all wish quick healing to the family and friends ........ Frown
  • + 10
 Descanse en Paz !!!!
  • + 7
 This is the first time that reading Pinkbike has made me cry. God speed on your journey, brother/sister. May you have nothing but "all-time" trails under your wheels.
  • + 8
 God Speed brother. Ride that badass cloud in the sky
  • + 7
 thoughts go out to the emergency services involved as well. They do a damn good job.
  • + 3
 Such sad news, hurts terribly when we lose one of our own, as others have said, it doesn't matter what we ride, we all ride for the same reason, to have fun on our bikes. RIP brother/sister, our thoughts are with you and your friends and family.
  • + 6
 Man I HATE hearing this kinda thing! Condolences to the family. I am so sorry! Ride In Peace!
  • + 3
 So much fluff in here. I think someone needs to take a serious look at this and see what went wrong and why it took 30 minutes for medical staff to reach him. this is also not just for fun... its a competition and as such they have responsibilities to the competators to make sure they are safe and have our backs covered. .(even though we are a group that like our sports a little bit dangerous)

recently, here, they took a bunch of riders and threw them down our local dh courses with not a lot of protection and after having to perform feats of endurance. My heart goes out to this mans familly and hope they can find some peace.
  • + 1
 You'd be suprised how long it takes SAR to utilize rescue plans safely. It's unfortunate but it prevents more people from getting injured. 30 mins is a life time and it's unfortunate that the guy lost his life Frown
  • + 3
 RIP and condolences to the family. These are the guys that sacrifice it all, and they are truly the heroes of our sport. They make us all aspire to ride even slightly in their image. You can never forget what is on the line. I hope the victim went to a better place. I'd like to think so.
  • + 3
 Condolences to the family and friends. Hope the trails continue on the other side. So sad to hear this - having been seriously injured at round 2 in Ireland it really brings home how close to the edge we are with this sport at times. What happens to one affects us all.
  • + 5
 Oh boy.. Fatalities in enduro and xc races so far this year. Condolences to the family. Stay safe mountainbike world.
  • + 2
 Like spokes on a wheel and links in a chain, there is something that connects us all. Cycling is a passionate hub for us and each one of us is connected. It's hard to know whether or not I have been on the same trails on the same day as Will, I never met him, but either way we've been on the same trails, a similar path, and have been affected by the core of the cycling community. Shred on.
  • + 2
 Rest and ride in peace our fallen brother/sister.

We choose to do a dangerous sport for kicks. Unless you have the "bike passion" you just don't get it. Sometimes some of us pay the ultimate price. Spent their last day and passed doing what they loved.
  • + 3
 Devastating. This is a community and we all feel the loss because we can all relate to each other. I hope the family can find comfort in knowing that this person lost their life doing what they loved.
  • + 6
 This is just horrible. Condolences to the family. I can't even imagine.
  • + 5
 Dedicate my ride today to the fallen mtb. biker. Will be thinking of him the whole ride.
  • + 5
 Heavy. Thoughts are with the rider's family, the competitors & the EWS staff. Shattering news for everyone.
  • + 1
 So sad to read this. Condolences to family, friends, emergency workers and anyone that is impacted. Ride in peace on never ending flowing single trail heaven... May the trails rise up to meet your tires forever more... Take it easy and get home safe everyone...
  • + 4
 See you on the other side brother/sister. May we one day share a ride on the never ending trails. Ride in Peace.
  • + 1
 "According to a press release from the Crested Butte Police Department, William Dean Olson, 40, of Edwards, Colorado, crashed in the Gunnison National Forest at Trail 400 near the Block and Tackle trail, and died on the scene from his injuries."

RIP.
  • + 5
 This calls for everyone to ride in memory of a lost soul in our sport. RIP
  • + 4
 My condolences to the family and friends of the competitor. This is just messed up.
  • + 1
 Organizers canceled round five of the Enduro World Series on Saturday in Crested Butte, Colorado, following the death of a competitor on Stage 3 during the second day of the three-day race.

According to a press release from the Crested Butte Police Department, William Dean Olson, 40, of Edwards, Colorado, crashed in the Gunnison National Forest at Trail 400 near the Block and Tackle trail, and died on the scene from his injuries.

The accident happened at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday.

“Reportedly, two interval riders following the victim immediately began CPR and continued for approximately thirty minutes, with race personnel arriving at the scene and continuing CPR for a minimum of thirty minutes longer,” the press release said. “A paramedic, transported by Care Flight helicopter, arrived on scene and pronouced the rider deceased.”

With respect to the rider and his family, event organizers have canceled this round of the Enduro World Series. The race was part of the Big Mountain Enduro Series, which includes four Colorado races.

Enduro World Series officials issued this statement after the crash:

It is with the deepest regret that Big Mountain Enduro and the Enduro World Series announce that there was a serious accident during Stage 3, the first stage of Saturday’s race, resulting in the fatality of a competitor. The rider’s family has been informed and the competitor’s identity will be released in due course.

Emergency personnel immediately arrived at the scene. The competitor was treated on scene by medical personnel and transported to the nearest roadway. The Gunnison County medical examiner confirmed the fatality.

With respect for the rider and their family, this round of the Enduro World Series competition has been cancelled. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the rider’s family.

There will be a press conference held upstairs at the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce between 9 and 9.30 a.m. on Sunday.

 
  • + 5
 RIP & Rip in peace very sad. Hope every ones ok at CB today
  • + 1
 Horrible news, especially so soon after reading about another rider death much closer to home, when an army veteran was killed after hitting a tree here in the UK last week.

www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/tributes-left-mountain-biker-mark-9742969

RIP.

Ride safe people.
  • + 2
 Incredibly sad news. Sincere condolences to the family and everyone involved at the event. Your spirit will endure and touch all corners of the cycling community. Ride in peace.
  • + 2
 that regrettable read this, my family and I send our condolences from the south of the world, a lot of love to the family and friends who are left without the rider that insurance was loving what he was doing until the end.
  • + 1
 My condolences to the rider, and all his family/friends/loved ones. Not only did they lose someone close to them, but the cycling community as a whole lost someone. We all know it can happen at any time, but we don't like to think about it actually happening. may he rest in peace, know he is missed, and ride that endless trail above.
  • + 2
 This is terrible, I know this can be a dangerous sport and death a possibility but you certainly hope that it doesn't happen. All best wishes to those who knew him and may he find the afterlife he desires.
  • + 4
 :-( would be cool if pinkbike could throw together memorial page for our fallen riders so that we can always remember them.
  • + 1
 To ride is to love. To love is to share. As bikers we all share the love for our sport and for those who love it like we do. So sorry to hear about this tragic accident. If you know this rider's friends please share our love with them. RIP Will!
  • + 1
 Just yesterday I though about such a scenario b/c the sport has it's dangers but immedialetyl I hoped it will never happen. Sadly I have to read this terrible news today.

Sincere condolences to the rider's familiy and friends!
  • + 1
 From velonews:"Asked if there were any indication what might have caused the crash, Ontiveros replied: “We’re presuming that maybe he clipped a pedal…. He was probably going about 20 to 25 mph. The section where he crashed had a chicane, around some trees. A rider came upon him laying face down. There was no indication of head injury, and no real damage to his bike. It appears to have been a blunt force trauma to the chest".

Unfortunately, I know too well how this can occur. I almost died from clipping a pedal five years ago doing something similar. The blunt force trauma to my chest broke many ribs other bones and punctured a lung. Fortunately only one of my lungs was damaged, but it was only by chance. I feel for Will's family and friends. It is hard to lose someone when they are doing something we consider healthy. I hope his passion for the sport and his love of riding will shine through more than this tragic accident.
  • + 2
 Let's all pledge to dedicate a piece of our next ride to this guys memory. I will be thinking of him and his family next time I put a leg over. We are blessed to take part in the most awesome sport, full of amazing people.
  • + 4
 Καλο ταξιδι φιλε...!!!
  • + 4
 Let's take a ride for his memory
  • + 4
 Ruhe in Frieden. Mein Beileid an die Familie
  • + 2
 You have to think of it as he was doing what he and all of us loved, and at least he passed doing something he loved and had a passion for.
  • + 2
 Sad news. My thoughts are with their family and friends. Total respect to the other riders for trying to save the riders life, I also hope they are ok! God bless you all. RIP
  • + 3
 R.I.P. doesn't matter if it's downhill, enduro, or XC we lost a fellow mountain biker today..May he shred up in heaven!
  • + 3
 RIP, my condolonces to the family and friends. Loosing someone loved is a huge impact, I hope for them a recovery from it.
  • + 4
 My condolences to the family. Sad and tragic loss.
  • + 2
 My condolences to the family. Be thankful for every moment and everyone in your life.
  • + 3
 RIP and y deepest condolences.
  • + 1
 Willy was an amazing rider, and I've looked up to him ever since I was little...he was my idol and always will be. Shred in peace.
  • + 2
 Wow. My condolences go out to this riders family and friends. So sad! R.I.P fellow mtb brother!
  • + 3
 Black ribbons will be on handlbars during tomorrows ride. Ride in peace
  • + 4
 Race in peace brother
  • + 3
 My deepest condolences! R.I.P
  • + 3
 Truly sorry to here this. My deepest condolences! R.I.P.
  • + 3
 This is terrible news...Ride high brother. Rest in peace.
  • + 3
 Such shocking and sad news Condolences to all
  • + 2
 Sad to hear a rider died for his points. Condolences for his/her family. Requiescat in pace, amen.

*sfx* Requiem
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 Unfortunate to hear.. at least he passed away doing something he really enjoyed. Rest in Mountain Biking Paradise.
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 If I die during the middle of an MTB or moto race. I want everyone to finish the race.
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 Omg omg omg! This makes me so incredibly sad! The only thing I could say is that whoever passed away died doing what he or she lovesd. But God Damnit this makes me sad.
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 Death is the last stage in life, but the first stage in eternity. RIP Brother
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 May the rider rest in peace.
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 RIP and condolences go out to the family and close friends
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 May you shred endless trails through the clouds. Ride in paradise.
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 My sincerest and deepest condolences to the rider and his family. May God shower you with comfort during this difficult time. We mourn with you!
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 Organizers canceled round five of the Enduro World Series on Saturday in Crested Butte, Colorado, following the death of a competitor on Stage 3 during the second day of the three-day race.

According to a press release from the Crested Butte Police Department, William Dean Olson, 40, of Edwards, Colorado, crashed in the Gunnison National Forest at Trail 400 near the Block and Tackle trail, and died on the scene from his injuries.

The accident happened at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday.

“Reportedly, two interval riders following the victim immediately began CPR and continued for approximately thirty minutes, with race personnel arriving at the scene and continuing CPR for a minimum of thirty minutes longer,” the press release said. “A paramedic, transported by Care Flight helicopter, arrived on scene and pronouced the rider deceased.”

With respect to the rider and his family, event organizers have canceled this round of the Enduro World Series. The race was part of the Big Mountain Enduro Series, which includes four Colorado races.

Enduro World Series officials issued this statement after the crash:

It is with the deepest regret that Big Mountain Enduro and the Enduro World Series announce that there was a serious accident during Stage 3, the first stage of Saturday’s race, resulting in the fatality of a competitor. The rider’s family has been informed and the competitor’s identity will be released in due course.

Emergency personnel immediately arrived at the scene. The competitor was treated on scene by medical personnel and transported to the nearest roadway. The Gunnison County medical examiner confirmed the fatality.

With respect for the rider and their family, this round of the Enduro World Series competition has been cancelled. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the rider’s family.

There will be a press conference held upstairs at the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce between 9 and 9.30 a.m. on Sunday.

 
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 Will your new life starts in heaven becoming a guardian angel to protect and lead your love ones. Love you man. Let's shred in the future...
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 Thoughts and condolences with the risers family. Ride on in peace x
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 Shred in peace.
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 Died doing something they loved. There are far worse ways to go.... Condolences to all concerned.
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 Ride free dude / dudette - all my thoughts are with the family and friends.
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 This racing family will keep him and his loved ones in our prayers.
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 My condolences to the family and loved ones. May you rest in peace.
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 They should dedicate the next stage to this fallen hero of the sport!
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 Deepest condolences, rest in peace
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 R.I.P. at least he died doing what we all love. I'd rather go on a bike then in a car accident or by a illness.
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 Godspeed and may his family and friends be strong through this hard time.
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 Rest in peace brother. Deepest sympathy to the family and friends.
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 My condolences to the family. Rest in Peace.
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 Shocking. RIP Condolances to the family. This is the second tragedy I hear about in biking in as many days. Sobering.
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 @phoenixnr What was the other?
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 My thoughts and prayers are with the family...RIP....
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 Deep condolence for the rider and the family.
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 Just heading out for Rossland enduro, my thoughts are with family and friends. RIP
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 Rest In Peace Will Olsen. You passed doing what you loved. Forever remembered.
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 My prayers go out to him and his family. Will be greatly missed, RIP 3
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 This is just terrible. My condolences to everyone involved.
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 See you in bike heaven brother, peace.
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 :-(
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 Sad news. We tend to forget thet mountain biking is a quite dangerous sport. Last year a girl died during a World Cup XC event. Of coirse Enduro and DH are much more dangerous than XC.
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 Very sad and sobering. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP.
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 Horrible news. Condolences to the family.
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 May he find peace. Thoughts go out to his loved ones from all the riders here in Carpinteria, Ca.
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 Ride in peace - my thoughts go out to the family!
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 So sad...... Rest in peace
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 ride in peace brother . thoughts to your family and friends
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 R.I.P.
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 At least he past away doing what he loved.
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 My heart is with the family specially with the Mom. Carlos from Ecuador.
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 First time I've ever read the comments on PB wearing a frown...Peace be with this person's family..
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 R.I.P, RESPECT and MEMORY...
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 R.I.P , RESPECT and MEMORY...
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 R.I.P....thoughts are with family and friends.
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 So sad.... Rest in peace dude!
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 RIP
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 RIP bro, may you find your place in the MTB haeven and enjoy it
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 Ride in Peace
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 Rest in peace my friend. Respect and condolences to the family.
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 Rest in peace brother.......
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 So sorry to hear this, RIP.... fellow rider
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 what a sad sunday... positive vibes for the family
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 So sad to hear this, but at least he was doing what he enjoyed.
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 Sad day for mountain bikers family. RIP
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 RIP Ride In Peace. Sad to hear this
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 RIP. Thoughts are with the friends and family of the deceased
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 any fellow biker is a friend RIP
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 May his spirit live on forever in the Colorado high country
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 Sorry for the family's lost and the lady friend hate when this happens. May the racer not be forgotten. God speed.
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 RIP, well said mackster23
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 Praying for all you family and friends of him
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 Rest In Peace. Very sad to hear.
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 RIP Dean
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 Ride in peace, our prayers go out to you and your family.
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 Rip In Peace. Forever, may you never be forgotten.
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 Deeply saddened to hear this terrible news, my condolences to family and friends!
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 Ride in Peace Bruddah.
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 Ride in Peace
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 Peace be with you my Brother.
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 Rest in peace Will. Such a tragedy.
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 R.I.P.
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 RIP bro and our condolences to family and close ones
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 He passed doing what he loves. RIP
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 Live to Ride, Ride to Live
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 May the trail rise to meet you, with the sun against your face. RIP.
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 God speed dirt brother, keep having a great Journey!!!
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 RIP rider.
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 My deepest condolences to the rider's family.
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 Huge condolences to family and friends! R.I.P.
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 RIP, thoughts are with their family and friends
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 I feel so sad for him and his family... rest in peace brother.
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 Ride in Peace.
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 R.I.P my deepest and most heartfelt wishes go to his/hers family and friends
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 He died doing what he loves... R.I.P Will... Ride in peace.
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 R.I.P
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 Shuch sad news, out thoughts are with your family and friends.
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 My condolences to the family. Rest in Peace.
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 RIP, and healing vibes to the family.
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 Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
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 Ride in peace.
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 RIP, thoughts and condolences to his family and all involved.
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 Very sad news. Have a Nice, endless trail, much love!
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 RIP to the Rider.. Condolence to the Family....
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 So sad. My condolences to friends family and fellow riders
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 My sincere condolences to the family. Tragic news. Shred on peace brother
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 Horrible news. Rest In Peace.
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 R.I.P Will and my condolences to the family.
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 R.I.P
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 So sad to hear. Thought are with his family and friends. RIP
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 Sad sad day RIP
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 Prayers to family. RIP
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 Rest in Peace
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 Rest in peace brother
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 RIP homie.........
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 Rest in Peace William
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 Ride in Peace
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 Really really sad RIP
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 RIP
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 Rest in peace
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 Valar morghulis.
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 rip
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 Ride in paradise
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 rip
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 R.I.P.
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 Rest in peace sir will.
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 RIP
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 Ride in peace brother
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 RIP... so sad. :-(
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 R.I.P.William~
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 Rest in peace.
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 RIP
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 R.I.P rider.
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 RIP Frown
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 RIP MY BROTHER
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 Rip in Peace
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 Rip
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 Very sad and shocking, thoughts to friends, family and racers
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 RIP my condolences
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 Rip my condolences.
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 Rest in peace
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 Awful news, RIP Frown
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 Rest in peace! :-(
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 RIP
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 Rest in peace
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 Rest in peace
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 Ride in peace.
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 RIP
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 RIP Brother Frown
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 Terrible News.
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 RIP
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 RIP
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 RIP
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 R.I.P
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 rest in peace
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 Tragic. RIP
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 RIP
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 R.I.P
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 Rest in peace
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 Rest In Peace Brother
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 RIP
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 :-(
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 RIP
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 RIP
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 Condolences to the rider's family RIP
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 RIP
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 RIP
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 Sad to hear, R.I.P :-(
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 R.I.P.
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 Rest in peace!
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 Fuck
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 RIP Brother
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 RIP
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 R.-I.-P
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 RIP Frown
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 My deepest condolences to his friends and family. RIP
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 RIP, ride in peace! Frown
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 Godspeed Brother...
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 Ride In Peace brother
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 Ride in Peace
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 We will all miss you out here, RIP.
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 rest in peace.
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 Rest in peace.
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 rest in peace
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 RIP.
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 Oh Jesus...this is so awful!
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 Ride in peace man. At least he was one who lived doing what he loved.
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 RIP.
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 RIP WILLIAM
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 RIP
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 R.I.P. BROTHER .. AMEN
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 Ride in Peace Bro x
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 RIP
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 RIP
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 Rest in peace Frown .
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