The boss of a Formula 1 racing circuit in Belgium, Nathalie Maillet, has been shot dead by her husband in a horror murder-suicide.
Police found the 51-year-old dead alongside an alleged lover, Ann Lawrence Durviaux, at Maillet’s home in Gouvy, Belgium, on Sunday (August 15).
Belgian authorities claimed Maillet’s husband of 17 years, Franz Dubois, fatally shot the two women in a bedroom.
Dubois allegedly called the police before he took his own life.
The Luxembourg public prosecutor confirmed in a statement three people died as a result of gunshots.
“At 12.10am, police discovered the bodies of two women and one man in the house, all three with gunshot wounds,” they said.
“According to our information, the male individual voluntarily used his firearm to kill both women, including his wife, before killing himself.”
Nathalie Maillet mourned as ‘true leader’ of motorsport
The Spa-Francorschamps racing circuit in Belgium appointed Nathalie Maillet CEO in 2016. The circuit is the location of the Belgian F1 Grand Prix.
A Spa Franchorchamps statement described Maillet as a “true leader” of the sport.
“On this very sad day, the staff offer their most sincere condolences to Nathalie’s family and friends,” it read.
“Today the circuit, but also motor racing, has lost a passionate leader.
“[She was] strong in her convictions and always looking to the future.
“Nathalie had become the face of the circuit. She embodied the passion for racing that we all share.”
Tributes to Nathalie Maillet also flowed from across the shocked motorsports community.
“We’re deeply saddened by the awful news our friend Nathalie Maillet has died,” the official Formula 1 account tweeted.
“The whole of Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to her family and friends.
“The motorsport community has lost an incredible person and we will all miss her greatly.”
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