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Rider died of medical event

Police have released further information about an incident on Friday on State Highway 35 at Hicks Bay in which a motorcyclist died.

It was confirmed the rider's death was not the result of a crash.

Reports earlier indicated the man had left the highway and hit a fence at around midday Friday.

“The bike rider did not crash. He had pulled over on to a grass verge on the side of the highway and had a medical event,” police said in updated information.

“The 51-year-old man was from the Ruapehu district.”

He was pronounced dead at the scene.