The hospital treading former Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has denied online rumours that the German had died.
The 45-year old, 7-time world champion was put into a medically induced coma following a skiing accident on 29 December. Following the spread of online rumours, Grenoble University Hospital issued a short statement:
“The hospital denies that Michael Schumacher has died.”
“Michael’s sedation has recently been reduced to initiate a process of awakening which may take a long time.”
This was backed up by French newspaper L’Equipe, who reported that Schumacher has been undergoing neurological tests and was responding positively.
Schumacher was injured when he hit a rock while skiing off-piste and his head collided with another. He was airlifted to the hospital where he was put into the coma, in order to ease pressure on his brain.