Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* At a press conference held earlier today in Toronto, it was revealed that an acute aortic rupture was the cause of Hickstead’s sudden death, Sunday, November 6th, in Italy.An emotional Eric Lamaze recounted the tragedy, which took place following their round at the FEI World Cup qualifier in Verona – a 13-jump effort, in which the pair had just one rail down.“He jumped very well the first and second day, and actually jumped very well the last day,” an said Lamaze. “He just collapsed. Nothing was unusual with the round. Even the last jump felt normal.“It’s hard for me to remember what happened, but he collapsed. I was far away from him. He made sure he didn’t injure me in the process.”Hickstead was healthy going into the competition, said Lamaze, who added that he had been examined by a veterinarian two to three times a week. “I wouldn’t have taken him if he wasn’t in the best of shape.”Lamaze said Hickstead would have likely retired in the next couple of years and that the duo had been aiming to compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Tags: Eric Lamaze, Hickstead, SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.