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Lewis Hamilton: ‘I am devastated’ F1 star reveals heartbreaking news in touching Instagram

Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to his friend Tony, who died this week, online today.

The devastated 35-year-old took to social media to share a picture of his pal after learning of his death.

Tony, who worked as the World Champion's security detail in Brazil for 14 years, died in a car crash earlier this week.

Lewis penned a heartfelt tribute to Tony, who he described as "like family," in a lengthy Instagram post.

Alongside a picture of the pair, which he shared with his 15 million followers, he wrote: "I am devastated to hear the news. This is my friend Tony."

Sharing further details, he added: "He was my security in Brazil for the past 14 years. Love this guy, was like family.

"He died in a car crash this week."

The British racing driver went one to say: "I am forever grateful to have known him. Prayers to his family."

He continued: "Life is so precious people, one minute we are here and the next minute we're gone.

"So live in the moment, maximise the time you have because tomorrow is not promised."

Lewis signed off: "Rest in peace brother."

Throughout this unprecedented time, the sports star has been sending messages of positivity to his fans during his time in quarantine.

The F1 star stayed on in Melbourne following the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix earlier this month, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Following health advice, the Mercedes driver stayed inside for two weeks after coming into contact with two people who tested positive for COVID-19.

In a post published three days ago, Lews spoke of the "mental strain" the confinement was having on him and told fans they were not alone.

He said: "I am taking time to work on myself, physically but emotionally too. The mental strain that this can bare on us all can be intense but just know that you are not alone."

Lewis signed off: "I'm sending you positivity from afar."

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