Simoncelli was involved in a fatal accident with Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi during the 2011 Malaysian GP at the Sepang International Circuit. In fourth position at the end of lap one, during lap two his bike veered across the track and straight into the path of Edwards and Rossi. The race was immediately red-flagged. Simoncelli lay stricken on the track after the crash, his helmet having come off during the incident. He was taken by ambulance to the circuit's medical centre, but at 10:32 am local time it was announced he had died from his injuries.
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