"With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki died peacefully with his family on Monday, May 20, 2019. His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless enthusiasm for action, his frankness and courage remain a model and a reference for all of us, he was a loving and attentive husband, father and grandfather away from the public, who will feel his fault ", with this phrase the family of the former pilot confirmed the death of Lauda
Niki had undergone a lung transplant in August last year, after he suffered a dangerous destruction of the lung tissue during his holidays in Ibiza unleashed by an inflammation of the alveoli that forced him to travel urgently to the hospital in Vienna, where he was He performed the transplant.
In 2015, Niki also had a visit to a hospital when she underwent a kidney transplant donated by her partner Birgit. Due to these kidney problems "Niki had to be transferred from the rehabilitation center to a private clinic where dialysis was practiced" said Florian (Brother of Lauda).
This legend of the F1 achieved 3 world championships (1975, 1977 and 1984), achieving 25 victories. He will always be remembered for the incredible recovery and returning to the tracks just weeks after suffering a serious accident at the Grand Prix of Germany in 1976.