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NASCAR Legend Dick Trickle Found Dead at 71, Apparent Suicide

Dick Trickle

It’s a sad day for NASCAR fans and the family of racing legend Richard “Dick” Trickle.

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call informing them they’d soon find the dead body of the 71-year-old “White Knight.”

Upon investigation, authorities found Trickle dead from a gunshot wound outside his pickup truck at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, NC.

According to reports, authorities believe the phone call came from Trickle himself, and Sheriff’s Lieutenant Tim Johnson has stated they do not suspect foul play.

Trickle’s fellow race car drivers have taken to Twitter to speak out on the tragedy, expressing sadness and sorrow for his family.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France issued the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dick Trickle on his passing today. Dick was a legend in the short-track racing community, particularly in his home state of Wisconsin, and he was a true fan favorite. Personalities like Dick Trickle helped shape our sport. He will be missed.

I will update this post as further details become available, and in the meantime, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Trickle family.

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NASCAR Legend Dick Trickle Found Dead at 71, Apparent Suicide


Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of WritingSpark.com, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."


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Sparks, A. (2013). NASCAR Legend Dick Trickle Found Dead at 71, Apparent Suicide. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 23, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2013/05/nascar-legend-dick-trickle-found-dead-at-71-apparent-suicide/

 

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