How Did JOCKEY TAIKI YANAGIDA Die? Cause of death explained

According to Michael Guerin, jockey Taiki Yanagida has died after suffering a horrible fall at Cambridge last Wednesday.


The tragic death of Japanese jockey Taiki Yanagida has rocked the racing world. The young rider was unable to recover from life-threatening injuries sustained in an accident in New Zealand last week.

The Japanese jockey Yanagida was knocked out and in critical condition on the track during the meeting’s last race after being knocked down.

New Zealand-based jockey Taiki Yanagida cause of death

At the track, Yanagida was put into an induced coma before being transferred to Waikato Hospital.

On Tuesday afternoon, New Zealand racing and sports journalist Michael Guerin revealed the heartbreaking news on Twitter.

Guerin stated that she was “very heartbroken to report NZ jockey Taiki Yanagida has passed away in Waikato Hospital.”

Taiki was injured last Wednesday in a race at Cambridge, suffering brain and spinal injury. Just 28, he was. He was accompanied today by his mother and one of his sisters. Tiger, fly like the angels.

NZ racing reporter Michael Guerin statement about TAIKI YANAGIDA death

According to Michael Guerin, a NZ racing reporter, Yanagida passed away on Tuesday at Waikato Hospital.

After a severe fall at Cambridge Jockey Club on last Wednesday, Yanagida has been unconscious at the hospital ever since.

What happened to JOCKEY TAIKI YANAGIDA on Wednesday?

An accident during a race on Wednesday left a teenage jockey unconscious and in a coma at Waikato Hospital.

Taiki Yanagida sustained significant head and spine injuries when his horse fell during one of the day’s last races at the Cambridge Jockey Club.

250 metres from the finish line, the Japanese-born jockey was riding Te Atatu Pash when the horse fell on top of him.

Ted McLachlan, Yanagida’s manager, has been dropping by the hospital to see the 28-year-old.

Taiki currently has brain and spinal injuries and is in the intensive care unit at Waikato Hospital, according to McLachlan.

“He is on a breathing machine and in an induced coma.”

Yanagida, who was “generally well-liked” by the racing world, was killed in the collision.

Before being sent to Waikato Hospital, he was put into an induced coma at the race track, according to NZ Racing Desk.

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New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) spokesperson statement about JOCKEY TAIKI YANAGIDA death

A spokesperson from New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) said they had been helping with travel costs to bring Yanagida’s mother, Kayano, over from Japan.

She would be arriving on Friday morning along with Yanagida’s sister.

“Another jockey, Yuto Kamagai, will be meeting her and will translate for her,” the spokesperson said.

“NZTR will also have a representative at the airport to meet Kayano, and we will be ensuring she has whatever she needs while here.”

How Did JOCKEY TAIKI YANAGIDA Die? Cause of death explained
How Did JOCKEY TAIKI YANAGIDA Die? Cause of death explained

Yanagida had only recently travelled back to Japan for a month-long stay to visit his mother and two sisters, the spokesperson for NZTR said, after being away for four years.

Fans expressed their condolences for JOCKEY TAIKI YANAGIDA death

When Te Atatu Pash, a horse, fell on top of the 28-year-old rider 250 metres from the post, he suffered severe head and spinal injuries.

Over the previous week, Yanagida had been in a serious state at the hospital, and on Tuesday, he tragically passed away from his wounds.

His mother and sister had recently flown in from Japan to be by his bedside.

For many years, Yanagida rode successfully in New Zealand, winning more than 150 races, including ones at the Group 2, 3 and Listed levels.

Social media was flooded with condolences for the gifted hoopster, also known as Tiger to many of his colleagues.

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