Police: 'We assume Maria de Villota's death was natural'

De Villota's death
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Spanish police reportedly state that the death of former Formula 1 test driver Maria de Villota was "natural", but the cause has not been confirmed.

Spanish police have reportedly revealed that the death of former Formula 1 test driver Maria de Villota was "natural".

The 33-year-old was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, where she was promoting her autobiography due to be released on Monday.

According to BBC Sport, a Spanish police spokeswoman has said: "We are assuming it was a natural death, but we cannot confirm anything."

The tragic news comes a year after De Villota lost her right eye and suffered head and facial injuries as a result of a crash before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Maria de Villota in May 2013
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