Jules Bianchi has passed away nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a crash during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old sustained serious head injuries after his Marussia car impacted a recovery vehicle in wet conditions at Suzuka and had been in a coma sine October.

However, after a long battle for survival, Jules lost his fight for life in the early hours of Saturday morning in his home city of Nice, France.

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In a statement from the Bianchi family, they said Jules was a fighter to the end and are devastated by their loss.

"Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end," Bianchi's family said. "We thank Jules's colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us strength and helped us deal with such difficult times."

Bianchi becomes the first F1 driver to die from injuries suffered during a Formula 1 race since Ayrton Senna was killed at Imola in 1994.

Bianchi passed away in hospital where he was being treated while in a coma in Nice.

Crash.net wish to send our deepest condolences to Jules' family and friends at this difficult time.

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No words can describe, absolutely No words, my heart is empty.

Rest In Peace Jules
A very sad day for motorsport