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Thursday, 9 August, 2001, 01:26 GMT 02:26 UK
Deacon killed in Syrian crash
Deacon (left) during the Paris-Dakar Rally in January
Deacon (left) during the Paris-Dakar Rally in January
British rider John Deacon has died in an accident during the Masters Rally in Syria.

The 38-year-old fell heavily on rocks during the seventh stage between Salmaan and Palmyra.

Luxembourg rider Patrick Lambin raised the alarm after discovering Deacon.

A helicopter was sent to airlift the BMW rider to hospital but he died from his head injuries.

Deacon, from Saltash in Cornwall, had been lying in third place in the rally.


He was world class, one of the top rally riders in the world
Motocross racer Nick Palmer

"For all of us John was a friend, a joy to be around and someone who always put 110% into everything," said Renne Metge, course director and a former Paris-Dakar Rally winner.

Deacon's ex-team-mate Paul Edmondson, who won four world titles in the sport of enduro, said he was "a genuine guy and a genuine person".

Former British championship motocross racer Nick Palmer, who worked for Deacon during the Dakar Rally told the Plymouth Evening Herald that his friend had been "brilliant, always full of fun".

Father-of-two Deacon had been Britain's best performer in the annual Paris-Dakar Rally, finishing sixth and winning a stage.


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