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Schumacher family issues rare statement

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02/01/2019

Understandably, since his skiing accident in 2013 which resulted in catastrophic injuries, despite intense media pressure, Michael Schumacher's family have opted not to make public comment on the German's condition. However, ahead of his 50th birthday tomorrow, the family has broken its self-imposed silence and issued a brief statement.

"We are looking forward to it and would like to thank all of you for celebrating your Michael's 50th birthday tomorrow with him and with us," it reads.

"Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and we are too," it continues. "That is why we remember his successes by the exhibition Michael Schumacher private collection in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media or by continuing his charitable work through the keep fighting foundation. We would like to look at his victories, his records and his cheering.

"You can be sure he's in best hands and we do everything possible to help him. Please understand if we are looking for Michael's wishes and leave a sensitive issue like health, as in the past, in privacy. At the same time we say thank you for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy year 2019.

"To give him and you a gift, the keep fighting foundation has created a virtual museum, it concludes. "The Official Michael Schumacher app will be published tomorrow so that we can all be able to pass together Michael's successes. The app is another milestone in our efforts to meet him and you by celebrating his achievements. We wish you a lot of fun."

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1. Posted by Spartacus, 02/01/2019 17:49

"In regards to Batman's statement below I have mixed feelings about this. Mike's condition and release of even partial details is a catch 22. We all want to remember people for their achievements and who they were. In this case, I can only expect that Michael's state is not very good considering the details of his initial condition. Sometimes the reality and clear picture is the best way to address questions. Accidents happen, I am a skier and skied Heavenly - Lake Tahoe right by where Sonny Bono crashed and hit a tree. I also am very safety conscious and rarely ski off-piste, but it can happen to any of us. Why hide it at all?"

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2. Posted by Tardis40, 02/01/2019 13:26

"We respect your privacy. Better to say nothing than to post vague PR. "

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3. Posted by Batman, 02/01/2019 12:49

"I have a particular opinion on this. With all the respect and privacy of the family and Michael himself, I doubt that their strategy of hiding their true state of health is the best way to preserve their achievements and success in the past. Michael is a hero and one of the best drivers F1 has ever seen, whether we like him or not, but he is a human being above an extraordinary driver. He is known because his achievements and championships were public and broadcast around the world. So, from a fan's point of view, I think it's not fair now that he's no longer achieving the success he has achieved in the past, that the family has chosen to give to fans and social media, statements like this one where nothing in addition to the previous statements, explain the reasons why they chose to explain anything. I do not feel the need for precise medical explanations or techniques, but I believe we all appreciate and deserve a better picture of what Michael Schumacher's actual health status is. I think it would be a healthy attitude of respect for the fans and the media that promoted their success and a way to strengthen their connection with Michael. At least I believe he's still alive."

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