LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. -- One day after former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle was found dead in a Lincoln County cemetery, NBC Charlotte is speaking with the legend's brother, who says his brother suffered from painful health issues.
“He was my brother, he was my friend and he was my hero," said Chuck Trickle.
Dick Trickle's brother, Chuck, says he's shocked his brother took his own life, though he did sense something different when they spoke last week.
"He was always real positive person and he was kind of down a little bit," said Chuck Trickle.
Family members released an official statement Friday saying "he had been suffering for some time with severe chronic pain, had seen many doctors, none of which could find the source of his pain."
His brother says it was a constant battle.
"He'd say the pain medicine would work for a couple days and then wouldn't work," said Chuck.
Trickle was found at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, that's where his oldest granddaughter is buried.
She was killed in a 2001 car accident at the age of 16.
Family says "he's no longer suffering and we take comfort knowing he's with his very special angel."
Chuck says he doesn't know if that played into his brother's reasoning, but he's choosing to remember his brother for the life he lived, not the way he died.
"I don't look at that I don't look at the way, what he did to himself. I look at the man, the man further than that," said Chuck.
In their statement, family thanked everyone for their prayers and respect in keeping funeral services private.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that a donation be made in the Memory of Dick Trickle to: Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317