Fans hold birthday tribute as Michael Schumacher turns 45

The fans ranged from children as young as four to elderly admirers, some of whom openly wept as they prayed for Michael Schumacher's health.

updated: January 04, 2014 00:55 IST
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Grenoble, France: Fans of Michael Schumacher Friday gathered to pay tribute on the Formula One legend's 45th birthday as he lay in a coma in a French hospital after a skiing accident last weekend.

Ferrari, which bussed in the fans from Italy and France to the hospital in the Alpine city of Grenoble, put a special message on its website, saying "Forza Michael," or "Go Michael" in Italian.

"He is tackling the most important fight of his life and therefore we want to send him very special wishes," said Schumacher's old team, as similar messages poured in from around the world.

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