AGE: 49 (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001)
CAUSE OF DEATH: Skull fracture suffered during the 2001 Daytona 500.
COMPLEX SAYS: With seven Winston Cup Series championships and 76 career victories, it's safe to say that few, if any, in NASCAR history raced as hard as Dale Earnhardt. The Intimidator's aggressive style on the track made him a favorite among NASCAR fans and a hated rival among some drivers. Earnhardt's death came in a seemingly innocuous crash on the fourth turn of the final lap at 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt will always be remembered for passing at the same race he had won three years earlier, and competing with the same relentless style that led to his Hall of Fame career.