The man recently arrested in connection with the alleged theft of Michael Schumacher’s medical records has been found hanged in his prison cell, the Swiss media has reported.

The Zurich prosecutor’s office confirmed the man, who was arrested on Tuesday and whose identity has not been formally announced, worked for the Rega air rescue service which helped transfer the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion from his French hospital to a Swiss rehabilitation centre in June.

Schumacher was in a coma for six months after several rounds of emergency surgery following a high-speed skiing accident while holidaying with his family in the French Alps on December 29.

Shortly after Schumacher’s transfer, stories emerged that a man connected with his transfer had stolen pages of the German’s treatment records and was offering them for sale to numerous media outlets for 60,000 Swiss Frances (£39,000). The records were believed not to have been bought and were never published, amid justifiable complaints and threats of legal action from the Schumacher family if anyone dared to.

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