Rush Film Racing Driver Killed In Car Crash
A second racing driver who starred in the hit Formula 1 film Rush has been killed in a car accident.
Mauro Pane, 50, was found dead in his car, which had spun off the road and plunged into a canal.
Police also recovered the body of an unidentified woman from next to him inside the car.
Pane was Daniel Bruhl's double in Rush and shot several of the racing scenes in the movie, which told the story of the rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda - played by Bruhl - and James Hunt.
Four months ago, Sean Edwards, a British driver who lived in Australia, died after the Porsche he was in burst into flames after hitting a wall in Brisbane.
In the film, Edwards played the part of his father Guy, who famously pulled Lauda from the wreckage of his burning Ferrari following the Austrian's crash at the Nurburgring in 1976.
Police in Pavia near Milan, said Pane had been missing since Sunday and his white Renault Megane car was found late on Thursday in countryside near Gambolo, about 15 miles away from his home.
He had last been seen by his father on Sunday after a family lunch and had said he was going to work at his garage for the rest of the day.
The alarm was raised and a search started when he failed to answer his phone.
Friends of Pane said that he had been depressed since the death of his wife last year but had now started to "get back to his old self" and was enjoying being back at his historic racing car business.
A police spokesman said: "The car was spotted in the canal and when pulled from the water two bodies were found inside. One is that of Mauro Pane and the second is that of a woman who has not yet been formally identified.
"It looks like the car came off the road and went into the canal but the full cause is still being investigated and it is too early to say for sure. We will have to carry out toxicology tests on the two victims as well to see if there were any contributing factors.''
In a statement Classic Grand Prix who supply historic racing cars for films and events said: ''We're devastated to have to announce the tragic death of one of our own, Mauro Pane. Racer, engineer, champion and a fantatsic friend. RIP''
Rush, which starred Chris Hemsworth as the flamboyant Hunt, has been nominated for four awards at this weekend's Bafta awards ceremony including best supporting actor for Bruhl and best British film.
In 2008 Pane won the Historic Formula 1 Championship and last year he spoke to an Italian racing magazine about his role in the film, saying: "In portraying Lauda, I tried to try and recreate as accurately as possible his driving style. It was hard work and the scenes of the Nurburgring crash were very difficult."
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