British Superbike rider Chrissy Rouse has died following a crash last weekend.
The 26-year-old, from Newcastle, was racing at Donington Park on Sunday (2 October) when he crashed on the first lap of the third race, sustaining a serious head injury.
He was placed in an induced coma at the circuit's medical centre before being transferred to Queens Medical Centre/University Hospital in Nottingham, where he underwent emergency surgery.
He remained in an induced coma but passed away yesterday (Thursday 6 October).
"It is with great regret that we have to announce that Chrissy Rouse has succumbed to his injuries and passed away peacefully," British Superbikes said.
"On behalf of Chrissy's family they wish to convey their deep appreciation for the support and well wishes that they have received in recent days. As well they wish to thank all the attending marshals and medical services who provided such skill and care attending to Chrissy."
Rouse had moved to Superbikes earlier this year, having won the National Superstock 1000 title in 2020. He was also a qualified maths teacher.
Tributes to Rouse have been pouring in on social media:
We are veery deeply saddened by the death of former student, staff member and friend, Chrissy Rouse. Someone who exemplified the spirit of Emmanuel College. A person of excellence who lived with humility and demonstrated remarkable love for others. pic.twitter.com/COjIfGmOhM— Emmanuel College (@Emmanuelctc) October 6, 2022
There really are no words.— Everything Moto Racing (@everythingmrace) October 6, 2022
The world has lost a true gent, a top podcaster, British champion and all round nice guy.
RIP Chrissy Rouse, you will be sorely missed pic.twitter.com/RyhxaglMsW
So sad to hear the news about Chrissy Rouse, this sport we all love can bring such sadness. My heart ❤️ goes out to all his family, friends and fans pic.twitter.com/5lz0pvXYWS— Jules 🏍💨 🇮🇹 (@J7TYS) October 6, 2022
Our condolences to the family, friends, and team of Chrissy Rouse.— BMW Motorrad UK (@BMWMotorradUK) October 6, 2022
An incredibly gifted and humble talent, who will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/aBlFjc1MLM
Everyone at RST is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chrissy Rouse.— RST (@rstmoto) October 6, 2022
Chrissy did work experience with us a few years ago and left a lasting impact with all of us. He will be sorely missed.
We send our deepest condolences to Chrissy’s family.
Just heartbroken to learn @ChrissyRouse has died. What a special man he was. One of the nicest and most intelligent riders to ever grace our paddock. A smiling Champion who will be sorely missed. My thoughts go out to all his family and friends at this awful time. RIP Chrissy. ❤️— James Haydon (@speedyhaydon) October 6, 2022
Superbikes competitor Peter Hickman wrote: "Gutted. It was a pleasure to know you and share a track with you champ. RIP @ChrissyRouse."
Emmanuel College, in Gateshead, said: "We are very deeply saddened by the death of former student, staff member and friend, Chrissy Rouse.
"Someone who exemplified the spirit of Emmanuel College. A person of excellence who lived with humility and demonstrated remarkable love for others."
Another added: "The worst news. Very sad to hear about Chrissy Rouse. A great sport but so cruel. Deepest condolences to his family and friends."
While a further tribute read: "Crushing to hear we've lost the loveable Chrissy Rouse.
"His warm smile and 100 percent commitment on and off the track will never be forgotten. My sincere condolences go out to all family and friends. R.I.P. Chrissy."
Featured Image Credit: @chrissyrouse/ Instagram/Ryan Donaldson/Alamy