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Michelin boss killed in boating accident 27 May 2006

Edouard Michelin (FRA) CEO Michelin. MotoGP, Rd 17, Valencia Grand Prix, Valencia Spain, 6 November 2005. World © Sutton

Edouard Michelin, co-Managing Partner of Formula One tyre supplier Michelin, has died following a boating accident off the Ile de Sein in Brittany, France. Mr Michelin was 42.

A member of the company’s founding family, Mr Michelin is understood to have been on a weekend fishing trip, when his boat inexplicably sank. Expressing their sadness, Michelin added that Michel Rollier, the company’s current co-Managing Partner, will “ensure the continuity of the Group’s Management.”

A statement from Formula One Racing’s governing body said: The FIA extends sincere condolences to the Michelin family on the sad news of the death of Edouard Michelin. Our thoughts are with Mr Michelin’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

It was under Edouard Michelin’s management that the company returned to Formula One racing in 2001, going on to help Renault to the 2005 constructors’ and drivers’ championships. The company are due to withdraw from the sport at the end of this season ahead of the move to a single tyre supplier in 2008.