Michael Schumacher 'In Critical Condition'

Former motor racing world champion Michael Schumacher is in a coma following a skiing accident in France.

The 44-year-old German suffered a “serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival, which required an immediate neurosurgical operation,” according to a hospital in the French city of Grenoble.

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Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he reportedly hit his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps.

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He was airlifted off the mountain following the accident in the resort of Meribel, in the popular Three Valleys area.

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The sports star was skiing with his 14-year-old son and some friends when the accident occurred.