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Suspect in Michael Schumacher medical records theft found dead

A man arrested on suspicion of leaking seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher's stolen medical files was found hanged in his cell this week, according to Swiss police.

The unnamed man was a manager at Swiss air rescue firm Rega, which transferred Schumacher to Switzerland from a French hospital in June following the German's lengthy treatment for a serious head injury suffered in a skiing accident last December.

Schumacher's medical records were allegedly stolen and offered for sale, prompting his management to release a statement warning they would aggressively pursue legal action against anyone who sold the data or published it.

Prosecutors were investigating a possible breach of privacy at Rega. The suspect was arrested on Tuesday but denied any wrongdoing.

He was found dead in his Zurich jail cell on Wednesday.

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