JOHN CRICHTON-STUART the 7th Marquess of Bute has died aged 62 after a short illness, his family has confirmed.
His family issued a statement describing him as a ‘devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, son and grandfather and loved by all’.
Ex-F1 star John Crichton-Stuart has died at the age of 62 following a short illnessCredit: Getty
Crichton-Stuart partnered Ayrton Senna at Lotus’ F1 teamCredit: Rex
The former F1 driver was a Scottish peer whose ancestral family residence is Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute.
Crichton-Stuart was born on the island, where his family said his ‘heart was firmly rooted’, in 1958 and entered the world of motorsport in 1986.
He joined Team Lotus and partnered up with Brazilian F1 legend Ayrton Senna, taking part in 16 races – picking up three career points.
After inheriting his family’s vast wealth, he ranked among Scotland’s richest people.
Crichton-Stuart leaves behind his wife Serena Wendell and four children – three of whom were from ex-spouse Carolyn Waddell.
His family’s statement read: “The indomitable spirit and energy which Johnny brought to his life will be greatly missed, and the immense warmth and love with which he embraced his family.
“His heart was firmly rooted on the Island of Bute where he spent much of his time.
“Johnny chaired the Board of Mount Stuart Trust from its active inauguration in 2005 when Mount Stuart and its gardens opened to the public, and its rural estate was vested into the charitable trust.
Crichton-Stuart’s family revealed the tragic news of his passing on MondayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Crichton-Stuart had an ‘indomitable spirit and energy which will be greatly missed’, say his familyCredit: Rex
“He was a moderniser and an inspirational thinker, transitioning a family home to a progressive, working visitor facility and estate.
“His island projects include the internationally respected Bute Fabrics and, most recently, the Kerrylamont Centre for Rural Excellence and Bute Yard.
“He was a philanthropist through his foundation, particularly focusing on Scotland and the West Coast.
“His family request privacy at this time.”
Jeremy Clarkson was among the first to pay tribute to Crichton-Stuart on Twitter.
The Grand Tour host tweeted: “FFS. Now cancer has got poor old Johnny Bute. So sad.”
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