LINCOLNTON – Retired race car driver Richard “Dick” Trickle, 71, died today from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff's Office press release. 

The incident occurred at 12:02 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City.

The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call apparently from the victim that “there would be a dead body and it would be his" Communications Center workers tried to place a return call to the number but did not get an answer.

The first emergency units arriving on the scene located the body lying near the victim’s pickup truck.

Trickle was a Lincoln County resident and had lived here since the early 1990’s.