Organizers of the Rally Monte Carlo, the first round of the 2017 World Rally Championship have released the following statement as a result of the accident that caused the cancellation of the opening stage of the rally.

The Automobile Club de Monaco regrets to advise further details following incident of the car #4 (Paddon/Kennard) in SS 1.

The spectator was transported by helicopter from the stage to hospital in Nice. Despite the best efforts of the medical staff, the spectator has sadly died.

An investigation has commenced into the incident and all involved parties will provide assistance to the authorities.

Everyone associated with the event extends their deepest sympathies and condolences to the families, friends and individuals affected.

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