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Man accused of leaking Schumacher files found hanged

A man suspected of leaking Michael Schumacher's medical files has been found hanged in his cell, prosecutors in Zurich said.

Former F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher.
Former F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher. Credit: Reuters

The man, who was not named but described as a manager at Swiss helicopter company Rega, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of violating patient privacy and medical secrecy.

Prosecutors said there was no indication a third party was involved in the death.

Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in the French Alps last year, was transferred from Grenoble hospital to University Hospital of Lausanne on June 16 after emerging from a coma.

His patient details were kept anonymous.

Last month the French daily newspaper "Le Dauphine Libere" reported that leaked documents were being offered to European media for some 60,000 Swiss francs ($67,200).

Wife: Michael Schumacher 'slowly getting better'

The wife of Michael Schumacher said the Formula One legend is getting better after coming out of a coma following a skiing accident last December.

Former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher. Credit: HOCH ZWEI/DPA

Corinna Schumacher, who was speaking at a horse-riding event in Germany, reportedly told women's weekly magazine Neue Post: "It's getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case it's improving."

The former world champion, 45, left a hospital in Grenoble last month.

He was in hospital for 170 days after cracking his skull on a rock after an accident in the French resort Meribel.

Read: Swiss firm 'investigated over Schumacher's medical notes'

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Swiss firm 'investigated over Schumacher's notes'

A Swiss helicopter firm is being investigated over the theft of Michael Schumacher's medical notes, according to French media reports.

Files on the former Formula 1 World Champion's condition after his skiing accident were stolen last month.

Michael Schumacher suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident. Credit: PA Wire

Investigators found that the Zurich-based company had originally been due to transfer Schumacher from a French hospital to Laussane in Switzerland, and had been given a copy of the medical report.

An IP address of interest to the probe was traced to the company, French newspaper Dauphine Libere reported.

The notes were apparently offered to journalists across Europe for 50,000 euros (£40,000), and Schumacher's spokeswoman vowed to press criminal charges if any publication released the notes.

Read: Michael Schumacher's 'medical notes stolen'

Michael Schumacher's 'medical notes stolen'

The medical notes made on Michael Schumacher after his skiing accident are believed to have been stolen and are being offered for sale, his management has said.

It was announced last Monday that Michael Schumacher was no longer in a coma. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire.

It was confirmed last Monday that the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion was no longer in a coma he had been in since the end of December. He is now being treated in Switzerland, as he starts his rehabilitation.

A statement from the former World Champion's management company said: "For several days stolen documents and data are being offered for sale. The offeror claims them to be the medical file of Michael Schumacher.

"We cannot judge if these documents are authentic. However, the documents are clearly stolen.

"The theft has been reported. The authorities are involved. We expressly advise that both the purchase and the publication of such documents and data is forbidden."

Motor sport stars offer support to Michael Schumacher

Racing stars have offered their best wishes to Michael Schumacher after the former Formula 1 champion left hospital in Grenoble after awaking from a coma.

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Great to hear about Michael - that its moving in the right direction! Really good & happy to hear that!!! #KeepFightingMichael

F1 drivers Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg, along with double MotoGP motorcycling champion Casey Stoner were among those offering their support to the German.

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Really great to hear Michael Schumacher coming out of his coma! I wish he and his family all the best in these next weeks!

Read: Michael Schumacher out of a coma and out of hospital

Full recovery for Schumacher 'extremely unlikely'

A leading neurosurgeon has warned that it is "extremely unlikely" that Michael Schumacher will make a full recovery, even though he has now woken up from a coma.

Tipu Aziz, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Oxford said the driver was likely to be "better than he was" but because he had been in a coma so long "a full recovery is extremely unlikely".

"The fact he was in a coma for so long ... we can assume that he has had quite a bad injury. People don't tend to make a full recovery from that sort of injury," Professor Aziz added.

Read: Michael Schumacher out of a coma and out of hospital

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Schumacher family 'sure good wishes helped him'

The family of Michael Schumacher said he has left Grenoble hospital and is no longer in a coma, and will now begin his long journey of rehabilitation.

Read: Michael Schumacher out of a coma and out of hospital

In a statement, the family thanked his doctors and medical team, and the many members of the public who wished him well. They said they were "sure" the good wishes helped him.

Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.

His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months.

The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure it helped him.

For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.

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