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Perez, 40, dies a week after serious crash

Updated: January 10, 2005, 11:32 AM ET
Associated Press

MADRID, Spain -- Spanish motorcyclist Jose Manuel Perez, injured last week in the Dakar Rally, died Monday, a hospital said.

Following an accident last Thursday on the rally's seventh stage in Mauritania, Africa, surgeons removed Perez's spleen and kidney before he was transferred to a hospital in Alicante, Spain.

But Perez, 40, developed a fever and died early Monday, just hours after he had been flown in from Mauritania, the hospital said.

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