Cycle News journalist Henny Ray Abrams dies

Friday, 1 March 2013

Long-time Cycle News contributing editor Henny Ray Abrams has passed away at the age of 57. A popular figure in the MotoGP™ paddock, Abrams was found dead in his Brooklyn, New York apartment on Thursday.

Abrams was the longest-serving contributor in the history of Cycle News, reporting and photographing all forms of motorcycle racing from the late 1970s until his death. He covered a selection of motorcycling series such World Motocross and AMA flat track as well as MotoGP.

"I hadn't heard from Henny since Saturday," explains Paul Carruthers, Editor for Cycle News. "When you email or call Henny, he gets right back to you. When I didn't hear back from him, I started to get worried. I'm in complete shock. I've known and worked with Henny since I started at Cycle News in 1985. I'm at a loss for words."

Tributes are flooding in for Abrams across social networking site Twitter. "Very sorry to hear Henny Ray Abrams has passed away," says two-time world champion Casey Stoner. "A true gentleman and journalist and always a pleasure to work with." Colin Edwards, a fellow American of Abrams, was also quick to react to the unexpected news: "Great friend and great journalist - you will be missed, amigo." Writer Matthew Birt, of Motorcycle News, described Abrams as, ‘A hard working journo and a nicer guy you will never find.’ Also tweeting a message was BBC MotoGP pit lane reporter Azi Farni, who had interviewed Abrams at the first Sepang test session three weeks ago. "So, so sad to hear about Henny Ray," Azi says. "A wonderfully interesting gentleman and a great dinner date. We will miss him greatly in the paddock."

Both Dorna Sports and MotoGP extend their deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Henny Ray Abrams and wish to thank him for his massive contribution to the MotoGP™ World Championship.

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