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Chris Lund: "The Family of Wanda Lund Early wishes to express their sincere thanks for the outpouring of public support, warm wishes and prayers surrounding the death of their mother, sister, grandmother and aunt. One will never know what ultimately led Wanda to make the decision to end her life, but the family wishes to extend their gratitude to all who were touched by her life and the generosity of spirit she showed to so many. At this time of immeasurable grief, the family asks for privacy."

To the Family of Wanda Lund Early: To son Chris Lund, brothers Dale Russell & Ricky Russell, sister Darlene Hannah, niece Heather Hannah, close friend Carol H. and many, and I mean MANY, friends and racing acquaintances, our most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you on this very unfortunate turn of life event. Wanda was so loved by many and she will surely be missed.

Rest in Peace.

 

 

 

UPDATE: Sunday 1/8/12 10:30 PM: After communicating directly with Wanda's family, they requested three things:

1. To post the Obituary above

2. To communicate that each and every member of the family as stated in the obituary spent Saturday over several hours and openly communicated their grief and their support of each other. Initially there were rampant conjecture over what happened as most found it hard to believe she would have taken her own life. The family as shown in the obituary is unified that there is no family member being blamed for her tragic death and the family asks that all the negative thoughts and rumors over the details please be put to rest and unify with all the family in honoring the Celebration of Life with them. Their intention is for all the family to attend the Wednesday Memorial Service and Celebrate her life and legacy and they hope you will join them.

3. That they support any other Memorial services/gathering that may be planned, such as one during Daytona Speedweeks.

UPDATE: Sunday 1/8/12, 4:25 PM -- Coroner's Report has a direct verifiable official report from the Waynesville Police Department of a self-inflicted gun shot wound as the cause of death. No further investigation will be conducted.

UPDATE: Sunday 1/8/12, 3:02PM: According to a family member, the Coroner's report confirms conclusively the Wanda did indeed take her own life. Though details are known, it is not as important as to realize that Wanda had specific problems that were overwhelming her and she stated in her note that she did not want to be a burden to anyone. We must now turn to our warm, fun thoughts of Wanda and not try to feel guilty or shameful because it is not what Wanda would have wanted.

Always the smile...... we will certainly miss it......

Sad News: Friday 1/6/12: It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Wanda Lund the evening of Thursday,  January 5th. . A close family source stated some recent news she received health wise were obviously a burden she could not bear.....

Wanda just celebrated her 63rd birthday on December 10th and was looking forward to seeing her beloved Alabama Crimson Tide play for the college football national championship on Monday, Jan. 9th. Wanda and friends planned to be in Daytona for Speedweeks in a few weeks to accept an award for Tiny at the Victory Lane Racing Association banquet on Feb. 23rd. She SO looked forward to this trip.

We know Wanda is at the 'big track in the sky' laughing it up with her beloved Tiny once again.

According to a source close to the family, the family wants to honor Wanda's request of cremation.

    Widow of Tiny Lund found dead at her N.C. home
     
NASCAR legend Tiny Lund's widow found shot to death in N.C.

By AUDREY PARENTE, STAFF WRITER -- Daytona Beach News-Journal -- January 6, 2012

   Wanda Lund-Early, widow of former NASCAR legend Tiny Lund, was found shot to death Thursday night at her home in Waynesville, N.C., Police Chief Bill Hollingsed confirmed this afternoon.

   The wound appears to be self-inflicted but that determination will be made once an autopsy is complete, he said.  Officers have worked throughout the night on the investigation into the shooting, he said.  More information will be released later.

   Roland Via, webmaster for tinylund.com website, confirmed Early's death shortly after noon.

   Via, of Holly Hill, said Lund-Early was planning to be in Daytona Beach for the February Speed Weeks to receive an award for Tiny from Victory Lane Racing Association. Details are sketchy, and no further information could be obtained from North Carolina law enforcement officials although Via said he was notified today.

    "She was a great ambassador and made a lot of appearances at the legends' banquets and activities," said Buzz McKim, historian for the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. "She was as little as he was huge and they were a great couple."  Lund died in a 1975 crash at Talladega Superspeedway.

   Ron Piasecki, president of Motor Racing Heritage, said Lund-Early has been a valuable friend to racing groups in Daytona Beach.

   "It's definitely a loss," Piasecki said. "She was married to one of the great drivers of NASCAR and will be missed."

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       Widow of Tiny Lund found dead at her N.C. home

       By Bob Pockrass      Friday, January 06, 2012

       Wanda Lund-Early, who was married to NASCAR star DeWayne “Tiny” Lund when Lund was killed in the 1975 Talladega 500, died Thursday night from what Waynesville, N.C., police are treating as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

       Lund-Early, 65, was found dead at her home after police received a call asking for it do a welfare check on her, said Waynesville Police Department Lieutenant Chris Chandler.

       A final determination on the cause of death will be made following the report issued by the medical examiner, which could take months, Chandler said. He said the investigation remains open but they are not looking for any suspects at this time.

       Notice of her death was posted on TinyLund.com. “We know Wanda is at the 'big track in the sky' laughing it up with her beloved Tiny once again,” the post said.

       Tiny Lund won five career Cup races, including the 1963 Daytona 500 for Wood Brothers Racing. Lund won the race 10 days after he had pulled Marvin Panch out of a fiery sports car and the injured Panch convinced the Wood Brothers to put Lund in the car for the race.

       Tiny Lund wasn’t tiny – he stood 6-foot-6 and weighed more than 250 pounds. He was 45 years old when he was killed on the eighth lap of the race at Talladega, where his car was hit on the passenger side in his 303rd start in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series.    http://www.scenedaily.com/

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   Roland Via, webmaster for tinylund.com website, confirmed Early's death shortly after noon. Via, of Holly Hill, said Lund-Early was planning to be in Daytona Beach for the February Speed Weeks to receive an award for Tiny from Victory Lane ...

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   UPDATE: Wanda Lund’s Death Being Treated As “Self-Inflicted”
   
 by Bobby Kimbrough on January 6, 2012

   Reports from Waynesville Police Department are confirming that they are treating the shooting as self-inflicted, “The wound appears to be self-inflicted but that determination will be made once an autopsy is complete,” said Police Chief Bill Hollingsed.

   Mrs. Lund-Early was discovered dead in her home when police arrived after having received a phone call asking to do a welfare check on her.

   A notice of Wanda Lund-Early’s passing was posted on www.tinylund.com, “We know Wanda is at the ‘big track in the sky’ laughing it up with her beloved Tiny once again.”

   A determination on the cause of death will come from the medical examiner after all the autopsy and lab work is completed. According to the Waynesville Police Department, the final report from the medical examiner could take months.

   “The investigation remains open but they are not looking for any suspects at this time,” said Waynesville Police Department Lieutenant Chris Chandler.

 

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