File Photo * MARIA DE VILLOTA FOUND... - Thursday 15th March 2012

File Photo * MARIA DE VILLOTA FOUND DEAD IN HOTEL ROOM Racing driver MARIA DE VILLOTA has died just 15 months after losing her eye in a horror crash. The Spanish sports star was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, Spain while on a promotional tour for her autobiography. No cause of death had been confirmed as WENN went to press. The 33-year-old former Formula 1 ace lost her right eye in a horrific accident in Cambridgeshire, England last year (12) when she ploughed into a truck while test driving an MR-01 race car. A statement on De Villota's Facebook.com page, signed by her family, reads, "Dear friends: Maria has left us. She had to go to heaven like all angels. We are thankful to God for the extra year and a half that he left her with us." (ZN/WNVSK/AT)** Maria De VILLOTA - Team MARUSSIA VIRGIN Racing F1 F1 - Formula 1 Grand Prix 2012 - Albert Park Melbourne, Australia - 15.03.12 Where: Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom When: 14 Mar 2012 (2 images)

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