Schumacher file theft suspect found dead in jail cell

Schumacher file theft suspect found dead in jail cell

A man suspected of stealing Michael Schumacher’s medical records and trying to sell them on has been found dead in a jail cell in Zurich, Swiss police have confirmed.

It was revealed last month that the seven time world champion’s files had been stolen, as he continues to recover from a skiing accident in December that left him in a coma. Schumacher has been moved to a rehabilitation clinic in Switzerland where he will continue his recovery.

Schumacher’s movement from the hospital in Grenoble to Lausanne was organised by Rega air ambulance service, for whom the suspect worked. He was arrested on Tuesday by police in Zurich, before being found hanged today by officials.

“This tragic event has left us sad and speechless,” Rega CEO Ernst Kohler said in a statement today. “Our thoughts and our sincerest condolences are with the relatives of the deceased and with the people in his surroundings at the moment.”

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.

 

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