Jules Bianchi loses his fight for life

Jules Bianchi passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Nice, his family has announced.

The Frenchman, who was 25, had been transferred to his home town after spending the first few weeks after his Japanese GP accident in Yokkaichi.

A statement from the family said: Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end. 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.”

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7 responses to “Jules Bianchi loses his fight for life

  1. Peterg

    Sad, what a waste of a talented young driver. As part of Ferrari’s development program, who knows which team he would be driving for had he lived. He had proved everything he needed to at Marussia, a move up the grid would certainly have followed.

  2. Mick

    A black day for his family and for F1. However his family had made clear in the statement a week or so ago that Jules had no prospect of recovering, and when discussing Michael Schumacher’s post accident situation that he had said he wouldn’t want to live like that. Not everyone will agree, but a peaceful death is probably better than a life in a coma or with severe brain injury. Rest in peace Jules.

  3. JETWAKE

    Rest in peace Jules. Thank you for the good racing.

  4. LRM

    If this wasn’t so tragic it would be laughable. For a modern-era F1 driver to die from injuries sustained on the last lap under yellow because he hit a safety tractor at exactly the wrong angle is akin to all the stars lining up (badly). Nearly inconceivable, but alas it is not.

    R.I.P. Jules.

  5. Stone the crows

    Heartbreaking. Rest in peace Jules, you will be missed and never forgotten.

  6. julesbianchi

    So sad to learn that the other Jules Bianchi passed away. Ever since I heard about his tragic accident I have been rooting for him! I have received many well wishes via Twitter and Instagram that were meant for him, I hope he knows how many people cared about him.

    • Thanks for the comment. For anyone reading this note, this Jules Bianchi is a US-based photographer who has long used the Twitter name @julesbianchi, which has led to some confusion over the past few years.

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