Australian motorsport champion Cameron Bartholomew has died suddenly aged 28.
His fiancee Chloe O’Carroll, who shares three young children with the Hyundai Excel state champion, announced his sudden passing on social media.
‘With the heaviest of hearts we announce that heaven gained another angel this morning,’ she wrote on Thursday.
‘Our beloved Cameron Bartholomew has passed away and we are in complete shock.
‘Understandably we are heart broken and are spending this time as a family to support one another during this difficult time. We respectfully ask for privacy whilst we grieve and reminisce the life that we were so lucky to share with Cam.
‘For those that had the pleasure of knowing and being touched by Cameron’s presence there will be memorial details shared in time.’
The death of Brisbane driver Cameron Bartholomew has left Australian motorsport in shock
The talented motorsport driver shared three young children with his fiancé Chloe O’Carroll
Ms O’Carroll shared a series of photos of the Brisbane driver posing with his young children and celebrating a win on the top of a racing car.
‘He was a true talent behind the wheel and gave me such a pleasure to call his racing,’ one man wrote on her post.
‘He was also a young mate to many of us in motorsport and we took pleasure in assisting his challenges and helped him make a name for himself.
‘There are so many people today who I’ve spoken with who are devastated beyond belief. He was a son, a husband and a dad who had such an incredible future.’
Friends and people from his motorsport community shared tributes to the driver, with his former co-driver Jayden James Peacock writing he was ‘gutted’.
‘Glad I got the opportunity years ago to go Porsche racing with KPH racing crewing with Cameron. We were both only babies but made some damn good memories. From there we become good mates,’ he wrote.
‘Love ya, mate, rest easy. Our thoughts are with Chloe the kids and family.’
Cameron ‘Chicken Hawk’ Bartholomew was a Hyundai Excel state champion
His fiancé Chloe O’Carroll said she was in ‘complete shock’ by his sudden passing
Fellow driver Brock Giblin said he was ‘absolutely heartbroken’.
‘Cameron Bartholomew was one of the first I messaged 11 years ago when I first started racing cars, to lose him today is just nothing short of shattering,’ he wrote.
‘My deepest condolences and thoughts go out to his family. I’m going to miss you heaps mate. #95Forever.’
Series X3 Club Queensland described the 28-year-old who was also known as ‘Chicken Hawk’, as a ‘larrikin with a heart of gold’.
‘It is with immense sadness that we announce the sudden, unexpected, and tragic passing of one of our own racing family, Cam Bartholomew.
‘He will be deeply missed. Vale Cam! Series X3 Qld offers our deepest condolences to Glen, Chris, Chloe and their families.’
Cameron’s former co-driver Jayden James Peacock said he was ‘gutted’ by the news
Track Attack Australia also shared a tribute to the young driver.
‘So very sad to hear today that one of the very earliest TAA Excel family passed away suddenly last night.
‘RIP Cameron ‘chicken hawk’ Bartholomew. Taken too early and all of our thoughts are with Chloe, their children, the extended Bartholomew family and close friends.
‘Cam was a brilliant steerer and fierce competitor but lit up any conversation and always had a smile on his face.
‘The TAA family would like to pass on its sincere condolences.’