Schumacher family shocked by suspect death
7 August 2014 – Sabine Kehm says Michael Schumacher's family is shocked by the news that a man arrested on suspicion of stealing the seven-time World Champion's medical records has been found dead in his prison cell.
The Zurich prosecutor's office announced the man's death on Wednesday and stated that he worked for the Rega air ambulance service, involved in transporting Schumacher from a French hospital to Switzerland.
Schumacher's medical records were offered to numerous media outlets for 60,000 Swiss francs (£39,000).
"We are at a loss for words and deeply shocked," Schumacher's manager, Kehm, is quoted by AFP.
Rega chief Ernst Kohler also expressed sadness at the death of his employee, who has not been named.
"We are deeply affected to learn that a Rega employee, taken into custody [on Tuesday] upon suspicion of violating professional secrecy, committed suicide in his cell," said Kohler. "This tragic event leaves us saddened and speechless. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to the deceased's family and loved ones."
Schumacher had been treated at Grenoble Hospital after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident at the resort of Meribel, situated in the French Alps, on December 29. The German underwent two operations and spent almost six months in a medically-induced coma before he was transported to Lausanne Hospital.