Formula One driver Maria de Villota has been found dead in a Seville hotel room just 15 months after she lost an eye in a horror crash.
Spanish police have said her body was discovered in the Hotel Sevilla Congresos this morning and she had died ‘apparently from natural causes.’
An autopsy will be carried out on the 33-year-old to confirm the preliminary finding.
The Spanish driver had been due to speak at conference today in Seville titled What Really Matters, and her book Life Is A Gift was due to be released on Monday.
A statement released by her family read: ‘Dear friends, Maria has left us. She has had to go to heaven like all angels. We are thankful to God for the extra year and a half she gave us.’
Fellow professionals have already started paying tributes to the popular racing driver.