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Kiwi mountain biker Kelly McGarry dies of suspected heart attack

A renowned Kiwi mountain biker died yesterday while riding at a track near Queenstown.

The sport is in shock as the legendary mountain biker leaves a lasting legacy. Source: 1 NEWS

Kelly McGarry of Nelson, 33, died on the Ben Lomond Track after falling from his bike about 4.14pm.

McGarry died after he fell from his bike on the Ben Lomond Track yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS

Paramedics from Queenstown were flown in to the track, but Mr McGarry died at the scene.

His sponsor, YT Industries, confirmed his death in a statement, saying they were deeply saddened and shocked by his death.

"The entire YT crew is absolutely perplexed and heartbroken about the shocking news," they wrote on their Facebook page.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, girlfriend and his friends.

"The mountain bike world lost an exceptional character."

Global high-risk biking event organisers Crankworx says it has lost not just a legend of the gravity scene, but a part of its whanau.

"He really was the nice guy of mountain biking, always stopping to chat and high-five the kids, hang out with everyone and be cheeky with his big cheesy grin," it said in a statement. 

Mr McGarry was respected in the mountainbike scene, and was especially well-known for completing a huge backflip over a 70-foot chasm at the 2013 Red Bull Rampage event.