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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 April, 2003, 19:25 GMT 20:25 UK
Kiwi rally hero dies
Bourne was New Zealand's only professional rally driver
Bourne was New Zealand's only professional rally driver
New Zealand rally driver Possum Bourne has died 12 days after suffering severe head injuries in a crash.

Bourne, 47, had been in a coma and on life support in Dunedin Hospital since the head-on collision on Good Friday.

His family had decided that keeping him on life support was no longer in his best interests after the full impact of his injury became apparent over the weekend.

In a brief statement, Bourne's family said he had died peacefully on Wednesday morning in New Zealand.

Bourne was driving on a public road in Central Otago ahead of a hill climb competition when his Subaru collided head on with another competitor near the South Island resort town of Wanaka, 360 miles south of Wellington.

New Zealand's only full-time professional rally driver, Bourne was a three-time Asia-Pacific champion and seven-time Australian rally winner.

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