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Belgian motorcycle rider Eric Palante found dead in Dakar Rally

  • In this Jan. 4, 2014 photo, Belgium's Eric Palante rides on the podium ramp during the symbolic start of the 2014 Argentina-Bolivia-Chile Dakar Rally in Rosario, Argentina. According to a statement from Dakar organizers, Palante's body was found on the morning of Jan. 10, 2014 along the route of the Dakar Rally between Chilecito and San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)

    In this Jan. 4, 2014 photo, Belgium's Eric Palante rides on the podium ramp during the symbolic start of the 2014 Argentina-Bolivia-Chile Dakar Rally in Rosario, Argentina. According to a statement from Dakar organizers, Palante's body was found on the morning of Jan. 10, 2014 along the route of the Dakar Rally between Chilecito and San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Jan. 4, 2014 photo, Belgium's Eric Palante waves from the podium ramp during the symbolic start of the 2014 Argentina-Bolivia-Chile Dakar Rally in Rosario, Argentina. According to a statement from Dakar organizers, Palante's body was found on the morning of Jan. 10, 2014 along the route of the Dakar Rally between Chilecito and San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)

    In this Jan. 4, 2014 photo, Belgium's Eric Palante waves from the podium ramp during the symbolic start of the 2014 Argentina-Bolivia-Chile Dakar Rally in Rosario, Argentina. According to a statement from Dakar organizers, Palante's body was found on the morning of Jan. 10, 2014 along the route of the Dakar Rally between Chilecito and San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, biker Eric Palante, from Belgium, races his KTM during the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Arequipa and Nazca, Peru. According to a statement from Dakar organizers, Palante's body was found on the morning of Jan. 10, 2014 along the route of the 2014 Dakar Rally between Chilecito and San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, biker Eric Palante, from Belgium, races his KTM during the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Arequipa and Nazca, Peru. According to a statement from Dakar organizers, Palante's body was found on the morning of Jan. 10, 2014 along the route of the 2014 Dakar Rally between Chilecito and San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)  (The Associated Press)

Organizers say Belgian motorcycle rider Eric Palante has died at the Dakar Rally.

Organizers said they found Palante's body Friday morning when a truck went out looking for him. He was discovered on a part of the fifth stage, which most riders completed on Thursday.

The cause of death was being investigated, and officials offered few details.

Two other rally-related deaths were reported earlier Friday. Police said two people following the race died on Thursday when their vehicle overturned in rough terrain in northern Argentina.

The Dakar, raced over rugged terrain in difficult-to-control areas, often produces fatalities. Last year, French motorcyclist Thomas Bourgin was killed in a collision with a Chilean police car. Two fans also died in a collision between a support vehicle and two taxis.