LONDON, England – Multiple Formula 1 champion and airline owner Niki Lauda has died after battling declining health. He was 70.
He had spent time in hospital in January 2019 with a flu infection and received a new lung in August 2019 and race fans will recall that he was in an horrific crash at the Nurburgring during the 1976 German F1 GP.
A statement sent to the Austrian – his home country – news media said: “His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable. His tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage made him a role model for all of us.
”He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public. He will be missed.”