Dan Wheldonâ€™s tragic death yesterday hasnâ€™t just left a racing community in mourning, celebrities all over are shocked by the young Indy 500 winnerâ€™s death at Las Vegas speedway. Check out what celebrities in sports and entertainment tweeted about Dan Wheldon below.
Dan Wheldon was just 33 when he passed away at the IZOD Indy race on Sunday, October 16th, 2011. Following the news of his death racers at Las Vegas speedway did a 5 lap drive in his honor, that same night twitter has been loaded with hundreds of tweets from friends in racing, other athletes, family and celebrities who expressed their sorrow. They sent their condolences to Wheldonâ€™s family in the United States which include his wife Susie and their sons Sebastian and Oliver, Danâ€™s brother Elliot and 17 year-old sister Holly, who thanked everybody for their tweets about her brother and added that she just got a tattoo in honor of her brotherâ€™s memory. Danâ€™s other family included father Clive, mum Sue and brothers Ashley and Austin all younger than him.
One of the longest and heartfelt tweets came from fellow British racer and long time rival Jenson Button.
“We’ve lost a legend in our sport but also a great guy,”
I can’t begin to imagine what his family are going through and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time..
I have so many good memories of racing with Dan in the early 90’s, a true fighter. We’ve lost a legend in our sport but also a great guy..
Just woken up to the most horrific news.. Dan Wheldon RIP…”
Other racers who expressed their condolences was Lewis Hamilton.
“This is a tragic loss at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time. #DanWheldon
He was an extremely talented driver. As a British guy, who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500,
Dan was a racer Iâ€™d followed throughout my career, as I often followed in his footsteps as we climbed the motorsport ladder in the UK
This is an extremely sad day.”
Then from Danica Patrick:
“There are no words for today. Myself and so many others are devastated. I pray for suzi and the kids that god will give them strength.”
“I looked up to you both as a racing driver and a person/friend. You will be forever missed. RIP Dan Wheldon.
Then comes the tweets from other athletes like Hope Solo, LeBron James and Wayne Rooney..
“Prayers goes out to his whole family! I don’t know him personally but he was well respected in his sport. We are all one GIANT family #SPORT
R.I.P to IndyCar Driver Dan Wheldon! Dies In 15-Car Crash At Las Vegas Race #tragedy. You’ll be missed from Sports”
Soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo:
“My heart hurts deeply for Dan Wheldon and his family.An amazing individual who inspired me the moment we met.RIP Dan. Your legacy lives on..”
“Sad news about dan wheldon. RIP. News like this puts everything into perspective. #waytoyoung”
Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Slash, and Bachelorâ€™s Emily Maynard tweeted too, letâ€™s not forget Emily lost her fiancĂ© who was a NASCAR car racer.
“Also, please say a prayer for Dan Wheldon’s wife, Susie, and their two sons. My heart absolutely breaks for her.”
“Really tragic news about Indy Champ, Dan Wheldon today. RIP Dan.”
“My heart goes out to race car driver, Dan Wheldon’s family, his wife & 2 babies. Such a tragedy.”
Once again the RightFielders family send our condolences to Dan Wheldonâ€™s family, friends and fans. Would you like to send yours? You can also visit the godaddy.com page where a memorial website in his honor has been launched.
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