FORMER Nascar driver Eric McClure has died after suffering serious health problems.
The 42-year-old passed away on Sunday but a cause of death has not been announced.
Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure has died aged 42 after battling serious health problems[/caption]
The Washington County’s sheriff’s office said McClure’s body was sent to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke for an autopsy.
The former driver had suffered from serious health problems in recent years including a lung infection and was diagnosed with a severe musculoskeletal disorder in 2019.
He last posted on social media on Saturday.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and (team) owner Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends,” the organization said in a statement.
McClure’s family also released a statement. It says: “The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former NASCAR driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday.
“They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.”
McClure was the nephew of former Cup team owner Larry McClure and spent the majority of his career racing in the Xfinity Series.
He made 288 career starts over 14 seasons with a career-best finish of eighth at Daytona in 2013. He last raced in 2016.
The racing driver missed five races in 2012 after a crash at Talladega Superspeedway caused multiple injuries including a concussion and internal bruising.
His racing career was cut short due to health issues but formed Martin-McClure racing with former driver Hal Martin in 2016.
He suffered at least two concussions in his career and the native of Chilhowie, Virginia, later said he was left with lingering headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, bouts of depression and forgetfulness.
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McClure said in 2013 he had been diagnosed with acute renal failure, and in 2019 he said he was being treated for kidney failure in both kidneys.
Republican congressman Morgan Griffith, who represents Virginia’s 9th congressional district, has tweeted his condolences.
He said: “I am sorry to learn of the death of NASCAR driver Eric McClure. He and his family have long been Southwest Virginians.
“My condolences to his loved ones.”
Source: The Sun
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