View Full Version : Richard Burns The Rally Driver Has Died

steve f
26-11-2005, 09:19 AM
At the age a 35 he died this morning world champ 2003

26-11-2005, 09:24 AM

steve f
26-11-2005, 09:31 AM
this morning a long illness [brain] i think as he aint raced for 2 years

26-11-2005, 09:32 AM
this morning a long illness [brain] i think as he aint raced for 2 years
Damn, 34 years old. RIP :(


Albert V8
26-11-2005, 10:14 AM
How sad.

I thought he was winning his battle.

Too many good people checking out of late. :(

26-11-2005, 10:48 AM

Oops didn't see Steve's post in Sport

26-11-2005, 11:03 AM
That's very sad news, a very fit young man, at the top of his career, cut down in his prime through no fault of his own!

It puts into perspective why you should do things while you can!

26-11-2005, 11:10 AM
RIP Richard. A true talent

26-11-2005, 11:49 AM
Life is just so unfair sometimes. :cry: RIP.

Stewart 430 Scud
26-11-2005, 11:53 AM
Very sad news.

26-11-2005, 11:55 AM
Life is just so unfair sometimes. :cry: RIP.

Damn right Nige, RIP

26-11-2005, 01:03 PM
Just read and heard it on the news here in Belgium. It came a bit as a shock as we didn't hear about him for some time now and now the ultimate verdict :(
In the end we all have to go...but in the case of Richard Burns it came WAY to soon. RIP and godspeed :( Richard.

26-11-2005, 01:07 PM
Very sad news RIP

26-11-2005, 03:17 PM
RIP indeed, a class driver but sadly cut down by illness.

26-11-2005, 04:34 PM
A waste of a truely talented life. RIP.

26-11-2005, 07:41 PM
:cry: :cry: :cry3: :cry3: R.I.P.

T a d
26-11-2005, 07:55 PM
At the age a 35 he died this morning world champ 2003


It is with very great sadness that we must announce the death of Richard Burns, the 2001 FIA World Rally Champion. Burns, who was diagnosed with an astrocytoma, a form of brain tumour, in November 2003 passed away last night Friday 25th November peacefully. His partner Zoe, family and close friends were at his bedside.

From the outset Richard knew that the odds were heavily against him and yet he fought his illness with bravery and good humour. Having undergone both chemotherapy and radiotherapy he was able to leave hospital in summer 2004. For a while his health showed signs of improvement but then after six months it once again began to decline. Determined not to give up, he opted for surgery earlier this year. This alleviated some of the symptoms of his illness and enabled him to remain active. At Castle Combe in August he attended a parade of the rally cars that he drove throughout his career and was touched by the warmth of the reception he received. However there was to be no miracle and in recent days he lapsed into a coma.

The media, friends and fans are asked to respect the family’s privacy at this time. There will be a private funeral and instead of flowers the family would ask that donations be sent to Cancer Research. Anyone who would like to send messages should address them to the memorials pages on this website. www.richard-burns.co.uk/memorials

The date of a memorial service will be announced shortly.

Richard Burns, Age: 34
Born: Reading, Berkshire – 17 January 1971


27-11-2005, 12:29 PM
Had the pleasure of meeting Richard when he stopped on the M4 on his way to the Rally GB. Got his autograph and picture once we got him to the local hospital, no one had any idea at that time of the consequences of his "headache!"

In light of the other well publicised recent sporting death, it's an outrage a man like Richard slips away almost unnoticed.



27-11-2005, 06:29 PM
This is really sad news. :cry:

He died on the 4th anniversary of winning the WRC in his subaru.

I never met him, but he gave the impression of being a nice guy. He even managed to make an appearance at Castle Coombe for the rally day during the summer, which upset alot of people as they could see how ill he was.

RIP :(

28-11-2005, 09:11 AM

A sad day again with George Best dying as well.

Rest in Peace...

This just shows you life is to short. Live life to the full.

Friend of Cheeky
28-11-2005, 12:39 PM
I , like so many others, thought he was on the mend. Really sad news.

28-11-2005, 12:46 PM
Very gutted. Top chap.