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Mosley committed suicide after cancer worsened

by Matt Beer
1 min read

Former FIA president Max Mosley committed suicide having exhausted options for cancer treatment, according to the coroner’s report on his death last year.

Mosley died at home in London in May 2021 at the age of 81.

On Tuesday Senior Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox told Westminster Coroner’s Court that Mosley had been suffering from large B-cell lymphoma for two years prior to his death and been told in early 2021 that he had “very limited life expectancy”.

The coroner reported that Mosley left a suicide note, informed his personal assistant – who could not persuade him to reconsider – and had a final meal with his wife Jean before shooting himself.

“I am also entirely satisfied Mr Mosley would not have undertaken this action but for the distressing and debilitating terminal lymphoma,” said Dr Wilcox.

Mosley came into motorsport as an amateur driver then co-founded the March team.

In tandem with Bernie Ecclestone, with whom he would create the Formula One Constructors’ Association and who was F1 commercial chief during Mosley’s 16 years as FIA president from 1993 to 2009, he had a transformative impact on F1.

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