Formula One driver Jules Bianchi died early Saturday at the young age of 25 from head injuries sustained in Japan during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Bianchi died at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in his hometown of Nice, France, where he had been since the days after the accident.
On Oct. 5 Bianchi collided at high speed with a mobile crane picking up another car. The accident left him in a coma, which he never came out of.
Bianchi competed in 34 races over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, scoring the first ever championship points for Manor — then known as Marussia — by finishing ninth at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The family statement said “Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end. The pain we feel is immense and indescribable.”
The Manor team expressed their devastion via social media tweeting: “We are devastated to lose Jules after such a hard-fought battle. It was a privilege to have him race for our team.”