Austrian 'Formula One' legend Niki Lauda dies

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21st May, 2019 08:18:32 printer

Austrian 'Formula One' legend Niki Lauda dies

Austrian Formula One legend Niki Lauda has died at age 70, a family spokeswoman said in a statement.

"With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday," it said in the statement.

"His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain.

"A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed."

The three-time world champion received a lung transplant last year and was hospitalised with the flu in January.

Lauda's head was badly burned in a fiery crash at the German Grand Prix in 1976 and his lungs were damaged by toxic smoke.