Suspect in Michael Schumacher medical file theft found dead

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A man that was arrested Tuesday in Zurich, Switzerland over the suspected theft of Michael Schumacher’s medical files has been found dead in a prison cell according to city prosecutors.

The Associated Press reports that the man was found hanged in the cell this morning. He was set to appear at a hearing and had denied any wrongdoing.

The man’s name has not yet been released but it’s been confirmed that he worked for the Rega air ambulance service.

Rega organized the seven-time Formula One World Champion’s recent transfer from a hospital in Grenoble, France to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he’s began rehabilitation after his skiing accident on December 29, 2013.

Early in July, Rega lodged a criminal complaint over the leak of Schumacher’s medical files while adding that it had no knowledge of any misconduct from its employees. Schumacher’s family also filed a criminal complaint as well.

A subsequent investigation by Zurich prosecutors yielded Tuesday’s arrest of the Rega employee. Those prosecutors have said that their initial findings indicate no one else was involved and the case is now likely to be closed.

In a statement, Rega CEO Ernst Kohler said that the company has been left “sad and speechless” by today’s news. Kohler added that the company is giving its condolences and support to his relatives.

Last month, Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, first released a statement saying that someone was trying to sell her client’s medical files.

Kehm also said that the family would pursue criminal charges and damages against any media outlet that chose to use the confidential records for publication.

Schumacher was put into a months-long, medically-induced coma shortly after sustaining severe head injuries in his skiing accident in the French Alps. The racing great woke up from the coma this past June.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).