Pat Smullen, a nine-time Irish flat racing Champion, has died at the age of 43.
In March 2018, Smullen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After a brave battle, he finally surrendered to death.
Smullen died at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, surrounded by his family. His treatment was initially successful but his condition worsened in the recent months.
Smullen, who rode for several leading yards, ended his amazing career in the saddle following the confirmation of cancer.
The 43-year-old was loved and respected by everyone in the racing community.
He has won numerous Group 1 races all over the world, including the 2016 Derby at Epsom aboard Harzand and the Offaly jockey notching 12 Classic successes during a brilliant career.
During his treatment, he helped raise more than € 2.5 million for cancer care in Ireland through the Irish Champions Weekend Legends Race.
Following the news of his death, people and many celebrities paid tribute to him on social media.