According to reports from Austria, the three-time world champion, passed away peacefully overnight on Monday, May 20, from complications following a lung transplant he had in August 2018.
Niki’s family released a statement after his death, saying:
“With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday.
“His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain.
“A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed.”
Upon hearing the news that Niki Lauda is dead, most of his fans said he will be remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix.