Het is vandaag al vijf jaar geleden dat de Amerikaanse wielrenner Chase Pinkham is gestorven aan “an accidental overdose” (foto’s de Wielersite).

VeloNews.com reported that family friend Alex Kim said Pinkham died from an accidental overdose after recently being prescribed painkillers following a crash during a race in February.
“He didn’t take his own life,” Kim told VeloNews. “He was doing well when we saw him Friday and Saturday. This was an accidental overdose.”
The 23-year-old from Salt Lake City posted recently on his own Facebook page that he was seeking treatment for severe depression brought on “by years of dealing with chronic pain from my accident in 2008.”
“Dealing with chronic pain, years of medication and depression is something that may make you completely alone and hopeless, even when surrounded by the people that love you,”
he wrote in the Facebook post dated March 9, 2014.
Pinkham started cycling in 2007 and quickly rose through the US junior ranks. But he was struck by a vehicle while training for the Tour l’Abitibi in 2008 and suffered severe injuries, requiring half a dozen reconstructive surgeries to repair the bones in his face. (Persoonlijk vind ik dat men dit nog kan zien op bovenstaande foto’s.)
He missed the rest of the 2008 season but bounced back strong in 2009. He signed with Trek-Livestrong development team in 2010 and moved to Bissell Pro Cycling for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Pinkham had a disappointing season with Jamis-Hagens Berman in 2013 and was not re-signed, returning this season with the domestic elite LiveWell team from Utah.
Pinkham was involved in a crash during February’s Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Arizona, breaking his fibula in two places, but he recovered quickly and finished third April 11 in a criterium during the UVU Spring Classic in Utah.
Axel Merckx, Pinkham’s former director at Trek-Livestrong, wrote on Twitter that he was “absolutely devastated to hear my former rider Chase Pinkham passed away last night. He was such a nice and kind person. You will be missed.” (Cyclingnews)

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