F1 boss Max Mosley killed himself by shooting himself in the head amid terminal cancer diagnosis

Former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley killed himself by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun in his bedroom in Chelsea after being told he had weeks to live after months of cancer treatment, a coroner learned today.

Mr Mosley, whose father, Sir Oswald Mosley, was the wartime leader of the British Union of Fascists and a Hitler sympathizer, was an outspoken chairman of the FIA, the governing body of Formula One, during 16 years between 1993 and 2009.

The tycoon, trained lawyer and former racing driver later became an enemy of the free press and backed calls for tougher controls on the media after Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid News of the World published photos and a video of him having a sadomasochistic orgy with five prostitutes in 2008.

An inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court today heard he was told he had only ‘weeks’ to live despite months of treatment for prostate cancer. The pain he felt could only be reduced by palliative care, but not cured.

A neighbor and his housekeeper called 999 after discovering a note on his bedroom door saying ‘do not enter, call the police’, the remote investigation attended by witnesses and the family has been heard.

Officers discovered Mr. Mosley’s body with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.

A second note found on his bedside table was barely legible, due to the large amount of blood, but the few words officers could make out were “I had no choice”, the coroner’s court heard from Westminster.

Former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley killed himself by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun in his bedroom in Chelsea after being told he had weeks to live after months of cancer treatment, a coroner heard today

Mr Mosley, whose father, Sir Oswald Mosley, was the wartime leader of the British Union of Fascists and a Hitler sympathizer, was an outspoken chairman of the FIA, the governing body of Formula One, during 16 years between 1993 and 2009.

Mr Mosley, whose father, Sir Oswald Mosley, was the wartime leader of the British Union of Fascists and a Hitler sympathizer, was an outspoken chairman of the FIA, the governing body of Formula One, during 16 years between 1993 and 2009.

Senior Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox said: ‘On May 24, 2021, police were called to Mr Mosely’s address, attended and found him lying on his bed with a gun nearby .

“He suffered significant injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.”

Henry Alexander, who lived near Mr Mosley, said he accessed the house through the housekeeper’s basement flat after 8am after receiving text messages the night before.

In a written statement, he said: ‘I texted him to the quarter asking if he wanted his breakfast upstairs.

“I called him and he went to voicemail. I went upstairs and there was a note attached to the door saying ‘do not enter’ and ‘call the police’.

“I dialed 101 then called 999. I heard no unusual noise coming from the house.”

He added: “He had an aggressive form of cancer and was down. He said he had had enough.

“We had talked about the upcoming operation and he said he couldn’t cope with it.”

DC Ben Benlounes, who testified live at the hearing, said he arrived at the scene around 10:15 a.m. and spoke with the acting inspector.

He said: ‘Meanwhile the family doctor got out of the car to say that Mr Mosley had a large lymphoma which was irritating his bladder.

Mosley's neighbor and housekeeper called 999 after discovering a note on his bedroom door, stating

Mosley’s neighbor and housekeeper called 999 after discovering a note on his bedroom door saying ‘do not enter, call the police’, the remote investigation attended by witnesses and the family has been heard. Above: The Chelsea home where he was found dead

“He said the consultation was that he had maybe two to three weeks left and that could have been the reason he took his own life.”

The officer confirmed there were no signs of suspicious or forced entry and that Mr. Mosley was in possession of a firearms license with four firearms on the property.

He said: ‘On the chest of drawers was a suicide note covered in blood. The writing was weak but I could read: “I had no choice”.

The inquest also heard a written statement from Dr Christopher McNamara, a consultant haematologist who first saw Mr Mosley in October 2019.

He said the former Formula 1 boss was diagnosed with high-grade lymphoma and recommended chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer.

Dr McNamara said: ‘At the end of therapy he had refractory disease.

Mosley pictured driving a race car in 1968

Mosley pictured driving a race car in 1968

Mosley (right) pictured standing in front of a Ferrari racing car on the grid before the start of the British F1 Grand Prix in 2009

Mosley (right) pictured standing in front of a Ferrari racing car on the grid before the start of the British F1 Grand Prix in 2009

“Over the next nine months he tried different treatment options – some of them prescribed by myself and undertaken by Mr Mosley against my advice.

“It included proton beam therapy and surgical therapy. During treatment, the risk of developing a fistula was also discussed. There was a huge effort to try to prevent that.

“Mr. Mosley came at a time in early April when there was a move away from aggressive treatment and more toward disease control and quality of life. I referred Mr. Mosley to colleagues in palliative care.

He added: “Max had a terminal illness and accepted it would not be cured.

“The treatment he had been given recently was aimed at controlling the disease. A fistula developed and he was extremely upset because of his uncomfortable quality of life.

“Mr. Mosley had expressed thoughts of suicide to myself and other colleagues and had been referred to appropriate colleagues.

“He never expressed any intention to do this and always said the problem was that his wife would not accept this.

“He also indicated that his affairs were in order.”

Dr Rasha Al-Qurainy, who led his palliative care, said Mr Mosley never gave any indication of suicidal ideation.

Testifying live, she said: ‘He was talkative, a very pleasant gentleman. We stood there for 45 minutes and talked a lot about his physical symptoms and stuff like that.

“He indicated that he did not intend to end his life.

“On the contrary, he said he intended to renovate the house in Gloucestershire, he was still looking for treatment maybe in the US, maybe in the UK, and other matters in which he told me he intended to enlist.”

Emma Mosley, Mr Mosley’s daughter-in-law, issued a written statement paying tribute.

She said: “Mr. Mosley passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was a lawyer and amateur racing driver.

“Mr Moslely identified his main achievement as FIA President, the promotion of road safety through the European New Car Assessment Program and the increase in safety and the use of green technologies in Formula 1 .”

Mr Mosley, although celebrated for his achievements in motorsport, was a controversial figure whose father, Sir Oswald Mosley, was the warlord of the British Union of Fascists and a Nazi sympathizer.

Max Mosley (right) and Bernie Ecclestone (left) answer questions about changes to the Formula 1 season regulations in 2002

Max Mosley (right) and Bernie Ecclestone (left) answer questions about changes to the Formula 1 season regulations in 2002

A trained lawyer, Mr Mosley also backed calls for tougher media controls after News of the World published photos and a video of him having a sadomasochistic orgy with five prostitutes in 2008.

In 2018, it was alleged that he published a racist campaign leaflet in support of his father’s labor movement during a 1961 by-election that linked non-white immigrants to diseases such as tuberculosis, VD and Leprosy.

Mr Mosley said he did not ‘recognise’ the leaflet and it was ‘not something I would have ever wished to be associated with’.

His parents – Sir Oswald Mosley and Lady Diana Mitford – performed a wedding in Hitler’s presence at the home of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

Mr Mosley’s parents were both imprisoned shortly after his birth for being Nazi sympathizers during the Second World War.

The investigation is continuing.

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