På Instagram afslører den tidligere Formel1-verdensmester Jody Scheckter og hans kone Clare, at deres 21-årige datter Ila er død to år efter, hun blev diagnosticeret med en hjernetumor.
Det skriver flere britiske medier. Blandt andre Basingstoke Gazette, der dækker det område, hvor familien bor.
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Scheckter vandt Formel1-mesterskabet i 1979 med Ferrari. Året efter stoppede hans karriere. Sammen med sin kone Clare har han i årevis boet på en stor landejendom nær Overton i England.
Det var netop her, datteren Ila blev fundet død for nylig. Hun døde ifølge forældrene formodentlig af en overdosis.
Ilas misbrug var en direkte konsekvens af en pludseligt opstået hjernetumor.
Kirurgiske indgreb betød, at Ila blandt andet udviklede i angst og epilepsi, oplyser Clare Scheckter i sit Instagram-opslag.
“Hun tabte kampen til sin afhængighed i forsøget på at dulme angsten og de følelser, der overvældede hende”, står det blandt andet.
Den 21-årige døde torsdag den 17. oktober. Dagen inden hun skulle begynde i behandling for sin afhængighed.
Familien Scheckter mindes i stor stil nu afdøde Ila på Instagram. Lillesøster Poppy anmoder desuden alle, der har billeder af søsteren om at dele dem med familien på emailadressen email@example.com.
De var senest samlet alle, da sydafrikanske Jody i starten af september blev hyldet på Monza-banen i anledning af 40 års jubilæet for sit verdensmesterskab.
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Our precious Ila 💖💖We are utterly heartbroken and totally devastated to announce the passing of Ila. Ila had been diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago totally out of the blue and subsequently underwent major brain surgery. In recent months, she had developed epilepsy which resulted in her having extreme anxiety and fear of seizures. She lost her battle with addiction in trying to numb the fear and feelings that overwhelmed her. Ila found many wonderful friends and had so much support from the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous. Ila was a larger than life character in many ways - funny, wacky, outrageous, beautiful, smart, compassionate, empathetic, loyal and with a smile that could light up a room. But she was also full of self-doubt and anxiety. She saw the good in everyone else and managed to touch the hearts of so many people in ways that she never realised. Whilst she was loved by so many, she struggled to feel that love. But she was adored by so many and the outpourings of love to the family from friends and people whose lives she impacted has meant so much to us. In September, despite being really unwell, she bravely and determinedly joined Jody, me and her four brothers and younger sister in Monza for the 40th anniversary of Jody’s F1 World Championship. It was the last time the whole family were united and together we celebrated this milestone. Ila died in her sleep on Thursday night at home from a suspected accidental overdose, having made the brave decision to go into treatment the next morning. Ila wanted to be clean, healthy and happy and have a long and purposeful life. She had recently enrolled at the University of Westminster to study Psychology for Counselling as she wanted to be able help others with their mental health. Aged only 21, Ila has been taken from our lives too soon and the pain our family feel at her loss is unbearable. Ila is at peace, no longer suffering the fear of further brain surgery – awake which terrified her, seizures, chemotherapy, radiation etc. Please respect our privacy to grieve the loss of our deeply loved daughter, sister and aunt. There will be a private family funeral and a memorial service later.