This is extremely difficult. We're getting information from multiple reliable sources that are reporting that MotoGP champ and Owensboro native Nicky Hayden has passed away.

The Washington Post says that the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy where Nicky was being treated following a bicycle accident is reporting that he has died.

Nicky was 35.

Last Wednesday, while bicycling in Italy, he collided with a car and sustained severe cerebral trauma and multiple traumatic injuries.

Nicky had been on life support for most of the time since the accident.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Nicky's family and friends.

Other sources reporting the story include ESPN, FoxSports, Daily Express, and The Guardian, among many, many others.