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Austrian Formula 1 Legend Niki Lauda Died at 70

Updated On 23 May, 2019 Published On

Austrian Formula 1 legend, Niki Lauda, who won the World Championship three times, died at the age of 70 on Monday, May 20, 2019.

Medical reports suggest Niki passed away in his sleep on 20 May 2019 in a Swiss clinic, where he was being treated for dialysis after suffering complications with his kidney.

The legendary racer won the world titles for Ferrari in the years 1975 and 1977 and for Mclaren in 1984.

McLaren expressed their condolences to the legendary racer in their Twitter account.

For most of the world, Niki Lauda will be remembered for his unbelievable comeback to the tracks after suffering burning injuries during the German Grand Prix in 1976.

Lauda, who underwent a lung transplant in August, "passed away peacefully" on Monday, his family said.

After the end of his career as Formula 1 racer, Niki followed a career as a businessman starting his own airlines.

Prior to his death, Lauda was also the executive chairman of the Formula 1 Mercedes team.

In a statement given by his family, they said,

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,

In January of this year, Niki Lauda spent around 10 days in the hospital after being diagnosed with influenza.

The Formula 1 racer is survived by his wife Marlene Knauss

Niki was born on February 22, 1949, and was 70 years of age when he died on Sunday.