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04/14/2013 09:20 pm ET | Updated Apr 16, 2013

NRA 500 Suicide: Man Shoots Himself To Death At NASCAR Race

By Brendan O'Brien

April 14 (Reuters) - A Texas man used a gun to commit suicide in the infield of a National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth late on Saturday, local authorities said.

Kirk Franklin, 42, of nearby Saginaw died after shooting himself at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday during the NRA 500 Sprint Cup race, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

Franklin was involved in a verbal altercation with other race spectators before the incident, said Daniel Segura, a Fort Worth Police Department spokesman.

Franklin's body was found in the back seat of a truck, according to an online police report. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Edith Honan and Eric Walsh)

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