Three-time System One world champion Niki Lauda has died. He was 70.
Lauda gained two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with critical burns, and he went on to turn out to be a outstanding determine within the aviation trade.
The Austria Press Company reported Lauda’s household, saying in a press release he “handed away peacefully” on Monday.
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“With deep disappointment, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully handed away together with his household on Monday,” his household mentioned, as Motorsport reported. “His distinctive achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and can stay unforgettable, his tireless zest for motion, his straightforwardness and his braveness stay. A task mannequin and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the general public, and he can be missed.”
Walter Klepetko, a health care provider who carried out a lung transplant on Lauda final yr, mentioned Tuesday: “Niki Lauda has died. I’ve to verify that.”
Lauda twice underwent kidney transplants, receiving an organ donated by his brother in 1997 and a kidney donated by his girlfriend in 2005.
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In August final yr, he underwent a lung transplant that the Vienna Common Hospital mentioned was made vital by a “critical lung sickness.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.