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Motor racing great Niki Lauda dies, age 70

THREE-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, regarded as one of the finest racers of all time and who later became a successful airline entrepreneur, has died at 70 after battling declining health.

Motor racing great Niki Lauda dies, age 70

Austrian Mr Lauda, who was treated in hospital in January for about 10 days while suffering from influenza and had a lung transplant last August, died on Monday night, his family said in a statement.

"His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable," the statement said.

"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."

Mr Lauda won two world championships in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and a third in 1984 with McLaren.

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