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Schumi records suspect commits suicide

2014-08-07 08:48

TRAGEDY IN STOLEN RECORD CASE: A man detained in Switzerland for allegedly stealing the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver's medical records in June 2014, has reportedly hanged himself in jail.. Image: AFP

The Michael Schumacher camp is "stunned and shocked" as the story of the Formula 1 veteran's skiing crash and recovery took a tragic twist.

According to German publication Bild, a man detained in Switzerland for allegedly stealing the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver's medical records in June 2014, has reportedly hanged himself in jail.

Schumacher's manager and spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said: "We are stunned and shocked."

SUSPECT HANGED HIMSELF

The newspaper said the Schumacher camp did not even know that a suspect in the case, who police confirmed was arrested on Tuesday (August 5), had even been detained.

The Zurich prosecutors' office said the man who apparently committed suicide was an executive of the Swiss helicopter rescue company, Rega, who had arranged Schumacher's transfer from intensive care in Grenoble to a rehabilitation clinic in Lausanne in June.

It is expected that the investigation into the attempted sale of the medical records to members of the press will now be closed.

The man reportedly denied any wrongdoing during interrogations on August 5 but was detained in a Zurich police holding cell, where he hung himself before a scheduled court hearing.

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