Autopsy reports on Dakar death

French rider allegedly died of natural causes

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 12, 2009
Pascal Terry was uninjured when he died during the Dakar Rally last week according to the autopsy report issued. The French rally competitor was found dead approximately 50 feet from his WR450F on part of the second stage of the event.

The Yamaha rider was equipped with both food and water and did not appear to have suffered any bodily injuries, which was confirmed by the forensic report. According to the report, the cause of death was pulmonary edema, which is the official term for swelling and accumulation of fluid in the lungs. The 49-year-old Frenchman had been missing since Sundays second stage.

Making his first appearance at Dakar, the opportunity to compete in the grueling race was a dream of his ever since it existed, according to the event website.

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