March 20, 2021

Top Gear Host and Racing Driver, Sabine Schmitz Dies Aged 51 — Details Revealed

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Racing driver Sabine Schmitz has reportedly passed on following her battle with a disease that has taken many lives, and we have the details of her passing below.

“Top Gear” host Sabine Schmitz has reportedly died at the age of 51. Frikadelli Racing recently took to Twitter to announce her death and the cause.

The statement read: “Sabine Schmitz (14.5 1969 – 16.3.2021) passed away yesterday (Tuesday) after her brave fight against cancer. She was 51 years old.”

Sabine Schmitz attends the World Premiere of Series 28 of "Top Gear" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on January 20, 2020 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images



The tweet further stated Klaus Abbelen and all relatives and friends are deeply saddened by her death. Along with the post, the racing team shared the deceased’s photo.

It showed Schmitz beaming at the camera while sitting inside her race car, holding on to a steering wheel. The black and white selfie shot showed her wearing her race gear.


Many of her fans flocked to the comments section to pay their respects and offer their condolences. One Twitter user recalled a time when he met the former German professional racing star.

“My condolences to the entire Schmitz and Klaus Abbelen family. When I met Sabine in 2015 at the Nordschleife VLN race, she was antsy all day being the competitor she is, watching her team,” said the user.

He noted that despite the fact, she made time to have a small chat with him. The user added she smiled and explained to him why she loved the Ring.



Schmitz had reportedly been diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Despite the diagnoses and her long battle with the disease, she continued to race until 2019.

According to People, Schmitz is remembered for breaking the record of being the only female race car driver to win the annual 24-hour race at the German race track Nürburgring, known for its difficulty.



British journalist and fellow race car driver Chris Harris penned a heartfelt tribute to Schmitz in a piece. Harris reportedly shared she rose to international fame for uttering the words: “I do that lap time in a van.”

Harries further explained that Schmitz was full of energy, always smiled, and was much fun to be around and work with. He also expressed his emotion of somber following the news of her death.


According to Cinema Blend, the rest of the "Top Gear" family, including Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and others, honored their fellow co-star.

According to the outlet, Schmitz joined Clarkson to help him set a timed lap around the Nürburgring in a Jaguar S-Type diesel.

Upon the pronouncement of her death, he took to Twitter to share how devasted he was and described Schmitz as a sunny person who was full of beans. May also went on the platform to pay tribute to her.



Although Schmitz succumbed to cancer, other people do beat it. Another sports star, Dana Giordano, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was just 14 years old.

She reportedly underwent surgery to remove a five and half-pound tumor from her body at the time. Today, Giordano is 27 years old and has her eyes set on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.


According to People, Giordano revealed she was always a super active child, but she had to put her athletic plans on hold after doctors found a malignant tumor. Following the procedure, she endured a long recovery process.  

At the time, she shared she could not participate in her high school freshman's soccer team. In turn, she was redirected and joined a track only to discover her passion for running.


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