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Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle dead in apparent suicide

Richard "Dick" Trickle died Thursday at the age of 71 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Trickle called authorities to tell them "there would be a dead body and it would be his," according to reports citing the Lincoln County Communications Center.

The Charlotte Observer first reported that Lincoln County, N.C., deputies found Trickle dead next to his pickup truck around noon. The truck was parked at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City.