He died at age 34 at the Imola circuit in 1994 at the now infamous Tamburello corner.
In 2010 a documentary titled Senna was released, it won many awards though was not a well publicized film. I recently watched this film (again) and it was one of the best I have ever seen. Not just one of the best documentaries, but best films ever.
Even if you don’t follow racing and aren’t familiar with the details you will still be amazed by the story in the film. Besides being a great driver what makes the Senna story so incredible is the rise to glory and its tragic end. The chronicle of Senna’s meteoric rise in Formula 1 is only matched by one of the darkest weekends in the sports history. It is a rather eerie feeling that the man who would be king almost knew that he would die in a race car and that that weekend was the time for it.
“Senna was a force of nature, a powerful combination of spectacular raw talent and sometimes terrifying determination. He had the good looks of a romantic hero, a charisma that could quieten any room, the eloquence of a poet and a spirituality with which millions felt they could identify. His dark eyes were windows to a soul of complexity and volatility.” – Andrew Benson, BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer
Today he would have completed 53 years. A man of unquestionable talent, a huge heart, deep dedication in everything he did. Happy birthday Ayrton Senna, a myth, a legend, a hero!