Gilles Villeneuve was a Grand Prix race car driver.
Villeneuve began his racing career on snowmobiles, and won the world championships in 1974. He entered his first car race in 1973 and by 1976 was dominating the Formula Atlantic series. He signed with McLaren and later joined Ferrari to drive Formula One. In 1978 he won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal - a first by a Canadian driver.
Villeneuve died after an accident during the final qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.
The first doctor arrived within 35 seconds of the accident to find that Villeneuve was not breathing, although his pulse continued; he was intubated and ventilated before being transferred to the circuit medical centre and then by helicopter to University St Raphael Hospital where a fatal fracture of the neck was diagnosed. Villeneuve was kept alive on life support while his wife travelled to the hospital and the doctors consulted with specialists worldwide. He died at 9:12 that evening. (Wikipedia)
Villeneuve was cremated and his ashes returned to his wife.