Formula 1 driver Jenson Button's father has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 70.John Button, who has been a strong guiding force behind his son's career which includes winning the 2009 world championship, was found dead in his home on the French Riviera by a friend yesterday.
A statement released by the driver's agent read: "It is with great sadness and regret that I can confirm John Button passed away at his home in the South of France on Sunday.
"John's children Jenson, Natasha, Samantha and Tanya and the rest of the family are clearly devastated and ask for their privacy to be respected during this extremely difficult time."
Formula One driver Jenson Button and former German tennis star Boris Becker have sent their best wishes to Michael Schumacher on his 45th birthday, as the seven-time world champion remains in hospital following a serious skiing accident.
Shocked & saddened by the news that a marshal who is there to keep us safe has lost his life during our race today. Rest in peace my friend
The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) confirmed the worker was killed at the circuit in Montreal after helping to move Esteban Gutiérrez's damaged car.
The marshal reportedly attempted to retrieve the radio he had dropped and fell under the wheels of a mobile crane. He was later transferred to the Sacre-Coeur hospital but died as a result of his injuries
Briton Jenson Button won the Australian Grand Prix for the third time ahead of world champion Sebastian Vettel. Button's fellow Briton and team mate Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, finished third.