FRIENDS of William Dunlop, who died following a motorcycle crash, have remembered him as "a lovely fella on and off the bike". Medical crews rushed to the scene and Dunlop was pronounced dead shortly after.
He had due to become a father for the second time later this year with partner Janine Brolly.
Members of motorcycle racing community have been left devastated and flowers have been laid at the Dunlop memorial garden in Ballymoney. Soon after, William also walked away at the last minute from the recent Isle of Man TT, expressing a desire to spend more time at home.
Motorcycle legend William Dunlop has been killed after a tragic accident in in Co Dublin.More news: Gonzalo Higuain's agent confirms forward is not in talks to leave Juventus
"Everyone's thoughts are with the family".
"Life's pretty shit sometimes. feel on top of the world one minute".
It's with great sadness we've learned that William Dunlop has passed away.
The race weekend attracts thousands of spectators to the area each year. Joey holds the record for the most Isle of Man TT wins with 26, while William's brother Michael has registered 18 wins at the event over the Mountain...More news: Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus set to sign Real Madrid forward
"A man in his 30s was fatally injured in a crash", a garda spokesman has confirmed.
"William's machine seemed to have suffered some sort of major failure and oil sprayed everywhere", he said.
On Sunday the Skerries 100 race went ahead after the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club said they had received the blessing of Dunlop's family.
"It is devastating news that William has also lost his life so tragically and my thoughts and prayers and those of the people of this Council area, are with the Dunlop family at this very hard and sad time".More news: Netflix Debuts "Smart Download" Feature As Boost For Binges
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