Has Retired Race-Car Driver, Michael Schumacher, Been in a Coma for the Past 6 Years?

By Cynthia Ilako

This Facebook post claims that world-renowned German Formula One driver, Michael Schumacher, has been in a coma for the past six years.

According to the post, Schumacher woke up to his wife after six years in a coma. Corrina Schumacher, the driver’s wife, the post claims, had spent the family’s money on his treatment and had fallen into bankruptcy.

“After 6 years of coma, German Schumacher wakes up and meets his wife. His wife who spent most of her money on her husband’s treatment before bankruptcy. Despite the big money Schumacher himself received from his income in Formula 1 as he dominated the race for years and despite all the huge sponsorship contracts he had, all the money was spent,” reads the post in part.


A report by the BBC indicates that the race-car driver was indeed placed in a medically induced coma after a severe head injury he sustained following a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December 2013.

The report, dated 16 June 2014, further indicates that Schumacher had been discharged from The Grenoble Alpes University Hospital in the South-East of France, six months after his medically induced coma.

Another report by The Guardian dated June 16, 2014 also indicates that the seven-time F1 champion was out of the medically induced coma. This was after Schumacher’s manager at the time, Sabine Kehm, released a statement saying, “ Michael has left the CHU Grenoble [hospital] to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.”

The same was reported by CNN here.

The claim that Schumacher was in a coma for six years, is therefore not true.


PesaCheck has looked into the claim that retired race-car driver, Michael Schumacher, has been in a coma for the past six years and finds it to be PARTLY FALSE.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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