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BMX Legend John Kovachi Passes Away

Published October 20, 2011

MARIETTA, GA (BRAIN)—BMX legend and master wheel builder John Kovachi passed away on Wednesday morning from kidney failure. He was 46.

The former BMX racer started Kovachi Wheels in Georgia in 1989.

"Kovachi wheels and hubs have been legend in our sport for decades, and it was rare not to see John and the Kovachi trailer at any major race—no matter how far it was from Georgia," said Craig "Gork" Barrette, chief communications officer of the American Bicycle Association. "Even with his heart transplant nearly 20 years ago, he wasn't away from the sport of BMX very long and got right back to what he did best—building and fixing wheels."

A funeral mass takes places today at Transfiguration Catholic Church on Blackwell Road in Northeast Cobb at 3 p.m. A graveside service is planned for Thursday Oct. 27 at Kennesaw Memorial Park at 2 p.m.

Click on above link to read more about Kovachi's impact in the BMX world.

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