Bobby East dead: Tributes pour in for the NASCAR star
- East was 37 at the time of his death
- The police are in the lookout for Trent William Millsap, who allegedly stabbed the NASCAR star
- East remains the youngest midget winner in the history of the USAC
East, who was 37 at the time of his death, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The police shot and killed 27-year-old Trent William Millsap, who allegedly stabbed the NASCAR star.
“The victim was found on the ground suffering from a serious stab wound to the chest area,” a statement by the Westminster Police read.
“Officers attempted life saving measures until OCFA paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local trauma center, where the victim succumbed to his injury,” it further added.
However, tributes for the recently departed NASCAR star has been pouring in on social media platforms from his fans all across the world.
“Bobby East was one heck of a racer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the East family,” a user tweeted.
“NO, RIP bobby east, always one of my favorite obscure nascar drivers :(,” another user wrote.
Former NASCAR champion and FOX Sports analyst Todd Bodine also expressed his grief over the killing of Bobby East. “Very sad to hear of the tragic incident involving Legend USAC driver Bobby East. He was one heck of a wheelman. Thoughts and prayers to his family,” he tweeted.
NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass also conveyed his grief, writing, “Bobby East had 42 starts combined in the Xfinity and truck series. Shocking and sad to read about his stabbing. RIP.”
A former co-worker of the NASCAR driver, Charles Krall, described his working relationship with East. "I have the best memories of working with Bobby East. In an open wheel car, there was no one better. So sorry to hear the news today. My love and thoughts are with his parents Bob and Janice, and the entire East family. Race in peace Bobby," he wrote.
East remains the youngest midget winner in the history of the USAC.