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Jenson Button's father dies

John Button has died of a suspected heart attack Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Somerset 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. Whilst we await confirmation, initial signs would indicate a suspected heart attack.

A close friend who was visiting John on Sunday was the first to discover the tragic news.

"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."

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Jenson Button at racing premiere

Somerset racing driver Jenson Button was among the stars at the premiere of a new film in London.

The Formula One driver from Frome was invited onto the red carpet last night for the opening of "Rush".

The movie focuses on the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt who were competing in the 70s.

Jenson says a lot has changed since those times:

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Jenson Button: "We will have a chance to win in this car"

Frome's Jenson Button awaits the unveiling of his new car at McLaren's HQ in Woking Credit: ITV News West Country

The former world champion has high hopes for his new wheels. He says, "We will have a chance to win in this car".

Jenson's really excited about getting to try it out. "We're really excited. Tuesday is a big day when we get the first chance to drive the car".

Jenson will get a chance to try the new car for himself on Tuesday Credit: ITV News West Country
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