Dick Trickle DEAD … NASCAR Driver Commits Suicide

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1:51 PM PT — Law enforcement sources tell our sources … Trickle did leave a suicide note at the death scene. The contents of the note are unclear at this time.

Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle is dead … apparently having taken his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He was 71 years old.

Cops in North Carolina say Trickle shot himself at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincoln County at 12:02 PM today.

Officials say they received a phone call before the shooting in which the caller told cops there would be a dead body at the cemetery and it would be his.

Operators scrambled, trying to place a return call, but there was no answer.

When emergency responders arrived, they found Trickle”s body.

Trickle was a fan favorite in NASCAR — often smoking cigarettes while he raced — even won the NASCAR “Rookie of the Year” award in the Winston Cup in 1989, when he was 48 years old.