Suspect Accused of Stealing Michael Schumacher's Medical Records Found Dead

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher announces his retirement from Formula One at the end of the 2012 season during a press conference at the Suzuka Circuit venue for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix in Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press

A suspect in the theft of Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher's medical records was found dead Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland.   

According to BBC Breaking News, the suspect was found hanged in his jail cell:

The Associated Press (via ABC News) is reporting that investigators do not believe that there was anyone else involved with the man's death.

Per the Associated Press, Schumacher was moved from a French hospital to a Swiss hospital in June to continue recovering from a December skiing accident that left him in a coma. The transfer was made via Rega transportation services.

According to Kay Burley of Sky News and the Associated Press report, the suspect was employed by Rega air ambulance:

Schumacher's medical records were being offered to media outlets in exchange for £40,000 in July, per Le Dauphine Libere, via Steve Robson of the Mirror. The Associated Press added, "Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into suspected violation of professional secrecy after Rega and Schumacher's family filed criminal complaints."

While Schumacher still has a long road back to recovery, he appears to be making progress. Schumacher's wife, Corinna, revealed to German newspaper Neue Post in July that her husband was on the right track (h/t Barney Henderson of The Telegraph).

"It's getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case it's improving," Corinna said.

Schumacher is widely regarded as the greatest driver in F1 history. The 45-year-old native of Germany has seven championships and an incredible 91 race victories to his credit. He has long been among the most popular athletes in all of Europe.

Now that the suspect has died, it is entirely possible that nobody will ever know the truth or the motivations behind the alleged theft of Schumacher's medical records.


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