Friday, July 17, 2015

F1 driver Jules Bianchi dead at 25

The family of Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has confirmed that he passed away from injuries sustained during the Japanese Grand Prix, October 5, 2014 in Suzuka, Japan.

Bianchi, 25, sustained head injuries after hitting at track marshall's vehicle that was removing another car that had spun off the track during very wet conditions. He suffered a diffuse axonal injury (head trauma or brain injury) as a result. His helmet became lodged underneath a mobile crane after his car slid underneath it.

After being stabilized in Japan, Bianchi was flown to Nice, France in November, where he was hospitalized and in a coma. There were very little, if any, signs of progress for the young Frenchman.

His family released the following statement:

"It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix.
“Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end,” said the Bianchi family. “The pain we feel is immense and indescribable. We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice’s CHU who looked after him with love and dedication. We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months.
“Furthermore, we thank Jules’ colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times. Listening to and reading the many messages made us realise just how much Jules had touched the hearts and minds of so many people all over the world.
“We would like to ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time, while we try to come to terms with the loss of Jules.”

The staff of the Helltown Beer blog would like to offer their condolences to the Bianchi family.

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