De Villota died of 'natural causes'
12 October 2013 – María de Villota died of natural causes, a post-mortem examination has revealed. The former Marussia test driver, 33, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, Spain at around 7am local time on Friday, with emergency services unable to revive her.
"I can confirm that her death was due to natural causes," explained Dr. Joaquin Lucena Romero, Head of Forensic Services at the Institute for Legal Medicine.
De Villota spent a month in hospital after her horrendous Duxford testing crash last year, during which she lost her right eye. She recovered to continue on the Women in Motorsport Commission, and return to the Formula 1 paddock in Spain this season.
Many Formula 1 figures have expressed their condolences after hearing the news, with McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh describing her as "an inspiration".