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« on: May 21, 2019, 11:40:26 pm »

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Austrian-born Niki Lauda, one of the greatest Formula One (F1) drivers of all time, has died at the age of 70, his family announced on Tuesday.  

"His unique successes as a sportsman and entrepreneur are and remain unforgettable. His tireless drive, his straightforwardness and his courage remain an example and standard for us all," a family statement read.

"Away from the public gaze he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him very much."

Lauda struggled with health problems ever since his 1976 crash. The racing driver crashed his Ferrari car at Germany's Nürburgring Nordschleife race and remained trapped in the cockpit for 55 seconds, suffering burns and inhaling toxic fumes.

As well as his distinctive facial scarring, Lauda's crash caused a number of long-term health issues, prompting two kidney transplants in 1997 and 2005. Last summer, Lauda developed a lung infection and was then forced to undergo an emergency lung transplant. He was hospitalized again in January this year with the flu.

"It had been clear for some time that we would not be able to bring him back onto the 'race track'," said Walter Klepetko, the doctor who preformed the lung transplant last year. "There was no cause of death. It was a long process, and the patient departed at the end."

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https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/21/sport/niki-lauda-death-intl/index.html

https://www.dw.com/cda/en/formula-one-legend-niki-lauda-dies-at-70/a-48810635

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/may/21/niki-lauda-obituary
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2019, 11:44:52 pm »

One of the best, RIP
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2019, 11:51:21 pm »

RIP.

(However, the best Austrian F1 driver of all-time was clearly Jochen Rindt)
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2019, 07:34:32 pm »

RIP FF Sad
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