John Surtees, the 1964 Formula One champion and only man to win world titles for cars and bikes, has passed away at the age of 83.
Surtees had been admitted to hospital last month with a respiratory condition and passed away this afternoon.
“We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life,” said the Surtees family in a statement. “He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end.”
“John was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He was also one of the true greats of motorsport and continued to work tirelessly up until recently with The Henry Surtees Foundation and Buckmore Park Kart Circuit.”
His family said Surtees’ wife Jane and daughters Leonora and Edwina were with him when he passed away. Surtees’ son Henry died in a Formula Two crash at Brands Hatch in 2009.
“We would like to thank all the staff at St George’s Hospital and The East Surrey Hospital for their professionalism and support during this difficult time for us,” they added. “Thank you also to all of those who have sent their kind messages in recent weeks.”
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