Michael Schumachers wife breaks down in tears during service for F1 legend

Michael Schumacher's wife was seen with tears streaming down her face as the Formula One legend was honoured in an emotional celebration earlier this week.

Schumacher hasn't been seen in public since he narrowly avoided death for a near-fatal brain injury while skiing in French resort Meribel in December 2013. His health has been kept extremely private for the last nine years with his wife Corinna promising to protect his privacy with him continuing to recover in Switzerland.

Small amounts of information have come out over time and most recently ex-Ferrari boss and close friend of Schumacher Jea Todt said that he's hopeful of the 53-year-old recovering one day, but mostly, the world has been kept in the dark. However, on Wednesday the seven-time world champion was awarded the State Price of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Son and Haas driver Mick wasn't able to attend the ceremony due to illness, but wife Corinna, 53, and daughter Gina-Maria, 25, were both in attendance to accept the honour on behalf of Schumacher. People at the event all paid tribute to the legendary driver with a standing ovation with the touching gesture leading to Corinna breaking down in tears.

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After the event, Todt, who joined the Schumacher family at the event, tweeted: "An emotional ceremony in Cologne to honour Michael Schumacher's outstanding career and charitable streak with Corinna, Gina, Mick Schumacher and Henrik Wust. I met Michael 30 years ago, with Ferrari, living his passion and bringing joy to millions of us!"

He also told Bild after the ceremony: "That's just natural. No one planned it to be so emotional that tears were shed by Corinna, but sometimes it's good to not always control yourself."

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