Renowned motocross legend Andre Malherbe passed away today. Read on to find out how Andre Malherbe died, what happened to the motocross rider, and what caused his death.
Malherbe was a three-time FIM 500cc motocross world champion. The world is paying tribute to the veteran racer who won more than 40 titles to his name before retiring.
Who was André Malherbe?
Andre Malherbe was a professional Belgian Grand Prix motocross racer. Born on March 21, 1956 in Huy as the son of a motorcycle dealer, Malherbe began racing at just seven years old. He then won his first world title in 1980 at the age of 24.
Malherbe then defended the 500cc crown the following year after failing to win the 250cc series in 1977. He placed third overall in that event. The Belgian racer claimed his third and final 500cc championship in 1984.
After that, he retired from professional racing with around forty-one wins to his name. Malherbe was a highly respected legend in the industry. He took on a number of roles off the track after retiring from biking.
How did André Malherbe die?
Andre Malherbe died on Thursday, November 24, 2022. The Motocross legend was 66 years old at the time of his death. The tragic news of his death was confirmed by his family and friends, including David Thorpe.
The circumstances surrounding Malherbe’s death are unknown at the time of writing this article. The racing veteran is believed to have passed away peacefully at his home. His condition deteriorated over time due to old age.
Malherbe was among the last 500 living world champions from the 1980s. With his passing, the class has gone from the world as Eric Geboers and Georges Jobe have gone from this world before.
André Malherbe dead: What was his cause of death?
The specific cause of death for Andre Malherbe is not available at this time. Statements confirming the news of his death did not reveal his cause of death. We are trying to reach out to those close to him to gather more information about the cause.
We know that Malherbe was not in the best condition of his life in his terminal years. He was wheelchair bound and spent most of his time in bed. His condition began to worsen after he was involved in the terrifying 1988 Paris-Dakar Rally accident.
He suffered a severe spinal injury and was paralyzed in the accident. However, none of them are believed to be the cause of his death. He could have died of natural causes. There is nothing confirmed at this time.
Tributes spring up for motocross legend Andre Malherbme
Fans and friends are sharing tributes to motocross legend Andre Malherbe on social media. You can take a look at some of the most emotional posts here.
The Belgian legend’s funeral arrangements are pending at this time along with an official obituary from his family. The racing world will never forget Malherbe’s glory as trending #RIPMalherbe on Twitter.
Our deepest condolences to his family. May God rest in peace to the soul of the deceased.