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Motor racing: Button's father, popular F1 figure, dies of suspected heart attack

Published on Jan 14, 2014 6:11 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - John Button, father of 2009 world champion Jenson and a popular presence in the Formula One paddock, has died of a suspected heart attack aged 70.

The McLaren driver's agent said in a statement that the body was found at home in the south of France by a friend on Sunday.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh mourned a "unique and...irreplaceable part of the McLaren family" while drivers and bosses paid fond tributes to the Briton.

"In my long Formula One career, I've encountered many drivers' fathers, but I think it's safe to say that John was perhaps more devoted to his son than any of them," said Whitmarsh.

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