Schumacher record theft suspect hangs himself

A man arrested by Swiss police on Tuesday for his suspected involvement in the theft and leaking of a medical file on injured ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was found hanged in his Zurich detention cell on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Schumacher record theft suspect hangs himself
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The man, whose identity was not disclosed, worked for a Swiss helicopter air rescue company, Rega, which organized the German sportsman's transport from a French hospital to Switzerland in June, the Zurich prosecutor's office said in a statement.
The statement said he was found on Wednesday morning in a police cell after being arrested on Tuesday.
Schumacher's medical records were leaked at the end of June and offered for sale to media outlets in Germany, England and France, but they were never published. 

When the files were stolen, the Formula One champion's manager, Sabine Kehm said: "It's outrageous and disgusting."

Schumacher's former hospital in Grenoble, France, reported the possible theft of the 45-year-old's medical records, after they were informed by his manager.

Without knowing the content of the documents, the clinic filed a report for theft and violation of medical secrecy.

“We cannot say if the files were authentic. However, the fact is that the documents were stolen and the theft has been reported to the police,” Kehm said at the time.

According to the Bild, the seller asked for a minimum price of €50,000 in exchange for the documents.

Germany's most successful F1 driver suffered a serious head injury after a freak skiing accident on December 29, 2013 while on holiday in Meribel, France.

He was treated in a Grenoble hospital and spent nearly six months in a medically-induced coma.

After waking, he was moved to the university hospital in Lausanne, to be closer to his home in Gland, Switzerland.

It is widely reported that Schumacher is still paralyzed but communicates with his family through blinks. 

Throughout his career, Schumacher had won seven Formula One championships and 91 Grand Prix races.