The family of Jules Bianchi says the French Formula One driver has died from head injuries sustained in a crash at last year's Japanese Grand Prix.
The news was posted on Bianchi's official Twitter feed early Saturday morning French time and later confirmed by the Manor F1 team.
The 25-year-old Bianchi had been in a coma since the Oct. 5 accident, in which he slammed his high-speed car into a mobile crane which was being used to pick up another crashed car on the rain-soaked track.
The family statement said "Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end. The pain we feel is immense and indescribable."
Bianchi's death is the first resulting from a Formula One Grand Prix accident since that of Ayrton Senna in San Marino in 1994. Sadly, this one was due to the negligence of track officials.