F1 boss Max Mosley killed himself by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun after learning he had terminal cancer and had only ‘weeks’ left to live, inquest hears.
Formula 1 boss Max Mosley was found with a fatal gunshot wound to his head after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, an inquest heard today.
The former president of the motorsport’s governing body FIA for 16 years between 1993 and 2009 died at home in Chelsea, west London, last May, aged 81.
The inquest heard that he was told he had just ‘weeks’ to live, and that chronic bladder and bowel pain would only lessen with palliative care but could not be cured.
A neighbour and his housekeeper called 999 after they discovered a note on his bedroom door, stating ‘do not enter, call the police’, the remote inquest attended by witnesses and family heard.
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Officers discovered the body of Mr Mosley dead with injuries consistent with a gunshot.
A note found on his bedside table was barely legible, due to the large amounts of blood, but the few words officers could make out were ‘I had no choice’, Westminster Coroner’s Court heard.
Senior Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox said: ‘On May 24, 2021, police were called to the address of Mr Mosely, attended, and found him lying on his bed with a gun in the vicinity.
‘He suffered significant injuries consistent with gunshot wound.’
Henry Alexander, who lived near Mr Mosley, said he had accessed the house through the housekeeper’s basement flat after 8am following concerning text messages the night before.
In a written statement, he said: ‘I sent him a text at around quarter to asking if he would want his breakfast upstairs.
‘I rang him and it went to voicemail. I went upstairs and there was a note attached to the door reading ‘do not enter’ and ‘call the police’.
‘I dialled 101 and then called 999. I did not hear any unusual noises coming from the house.’
He added: ‘He had an aggressive form of cancer and had been down. He said he’d had enough.
‘We had been talking about the upcoming operation and he said he couldn’t face it.’