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The sports world has lost one of its greats ... Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda is dead. His family announced this in an e-mail that night on Tuesday. "In deep sadness we announce that our beloved Niki will be in the circle of his family on Monday, 20.05.2019
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 standard for all of us. Away from the public, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He will miss us very much, "says the e-mail signed with the Lauda family, which published the portal" diepresse ". Three times Formula 1 world champion (1975, 1977, 1984), survivor of an incredible fire accident in 1976 at the Nürburgring. Airline owner, businessman, television expert and since the end of 2012 team supervisory board at Mercedes. Niki Lauda was a fighter, a global brand.
Health problems since horror accident
Lauda had since his serious accident on the Nürburgring in 1976 repeatedly struggling with health problems. Not only his scalp was characterized by severe burns. He also suffered from chemical burns to the lungs.
Unimaginable 55 seconds he sat in the burning Formula 1 car. "I have no memory of the accident. The impact was so hard that my helmet was torn off my head, "he later said. The doctors should not have expected that he was the first night
would survive. But giving up was never a vocabulary word for Niki Lauda.
Due to late effects after the horror accident Lauda had twice undergone a kidney transplant. In 1997, his two years younger brother Florian donated an organ. When she also lost her function, a second transplant was necessary in 2005. This time, his then partner Birgit was the donor - although they were only a year a couple.
The most emotional moment for me was when Birgit was pushed out of the room for surgery. I looked her in the eye, and at that moment I knew, I will marry this woman, "Niki Lauda 2012 remembered in BILD.
Last summer Lauda also had a lung transplanted. Also a late consequence of the accident. For several days he was in an artificial