Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Austrian Racer Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda, whose life was dramatized in the movie "Rush" (reviewed here), has died at the age of 70. I saw the news a couple days ago on my Gab feed, but it didn't sink in until a day or so later. I know little about the real-life Lauda, except that he was a burn victim from a 1976 crash during a race (depicted in the movie), and that he suffered kidney problems for years. Those problems may have contributed to his death at 70, which is now a comparatively young age to die.

RIP, Herr Lauda.


John Mac said...

Yeah, I'm not a racing fan but his story was pretty inspiring.

One of the things I've noticed as I grow older is my reaction to deaths: "damn, Lauda was only 7 years older than me. What if I only have 7 years left?" I usually tell myself if they are good years I'll take them and be satisfied. But my goal is to make it to a healthy 75.

Kevin Kim said...

I suspect you'll make it significantly past that. Here's hoping Filipino health care will be up to the challenge of caring for your future needs!