Jenson Button's father dies aged 70
13 January 2014 – John Button, the father of McLaren Formula 1 driver Jenson, has passed away at the age of 70. He was found dead in his home on the French Riviera on Sunday, after suffering a suspected heart attack.
"It is with great sadness and regret that I can confirm John Button passed away at his home in the South of France on Sunday," read a statement issued by Button's management team.
"Whilst we await confirmation, initial signs would indicate a suspected heart attack. A close friend who was visiting John on Sunday was the first to discover the tragic news.
"John's children Jenson, Natasha, Samantha and Tanya and the rest of the family are clearly devastated and ask for their privacy to be respected during this extremely difficult time."
In his early years, John Button was a successful name in the field of Rallycross, finishing runner-up in both the Embassy/RAC-MSA British Rallycross and TEAC/Lydden Rallycross championships during the 1976 season.
He later competed in a Volkswagen Golf Mk1, run by his own dealership and tuning garage in Wiltshire.
Having attended almost every race since Jenson joined the F1 grid in 2000, John Button was a regular part of British TV coverage throughout his son's title-winning 2009 season, during which time his popularity soared.
GPUpdate.net wishes to extend its condolences to the family and friends of John Button.