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Dan Wheldon Dies in IndyCar Crash: Stars React on Twitter

Dan Wheldon
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Racing fans woke up to tragic news on Monday morning: Indy racer Dan Wheldon was killed in a car crash on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 33-year-old Indianapolis 500 winner was involved in a 15-car pileup that sent his vehicle flying over other cars and into a fence. Wheldon, an English racer, was airlifted from the scene to a local hospital, but his injuries were too great to survive.

As the sad news of Wheldon's unfortunate death spread, many people — including those close to him — began to react publicly. “One minute you're joking around at driver intros. The next, Dan's gone,” said fellow IndyCar racer Dario Franchitti, whose wife is Ashley Judd, Naomi Judd's daughter and Wynonna's half-sister. Several country stars who are tied to the racing industry took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Wheldon's death and mourn with their followers. See what Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus and more had to say about the passing of the racing legend.

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Reba McEntire (@reba): My heart and prayers go out to Dan Wheldon's family and everyone in the racing community. My heart hurts.

 
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Justin Moore (@JustinColeMoore): My thoughts and prayers go out to dan wheldon's family and friends. Met him a couple times. Great guy.

 
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Jay DeMarcus (@JayDeMarcus): Thoughts and prayers go out to Dan wheldon's family... Very sad day...

 
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Craig Morgan (@cmorganmusic): Prayers out to my friend Dan Wheldon

 
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uncle kracker (@unclekracker): My prayers go out to Dan Wheldon's family. Tragic.

 
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Jason M. Carroll (@JMCOfficial): So sad to hear of the loss in the racing world today! Indy car driver Dan Wheldon didn't survive his car crash today. #RIPDanWheldon

 
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Chuck Wicks (@chuckwicksmusic): Thoughts and Prayers out to @danwheldon. Very sad day for the Indy family.

 
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Julianne Hough (@juliannehough): My heart goes out to Dan Wheldon's family, friends and co workers. He was an amazing man that was loved by so many! May he Rest In Peace

 
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LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes): My heart goes out to Dan Wheldon's Family. Such a tragedy. May he R.I.P.

 

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