MAINZ, Germany -- Retired Formula One superstar Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left the hospital, his manager said Monday.
The racing legend had been treated at a hospital in Grenoble, France, since suffering head injuries while skiing in the Alps in December.
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Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said the German driver was "not in a coma anymore."
In a statement, Kehm said that Schumacher would "continue his long phase of rehabilitation," adding that it would "take place away from the public eye."
She added: "His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months."
Schumacher's family also expressed thanks to "all the people who have sent Michael the many good wishes ... We are sure it helped him."
Schumacher, 45, is the most successful driver in Formula One history.
The seven-time world champion was skiing with his son in the French resort of Meribel when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
First published June 16 2014, 3:04 AM
Andy Eckardt is a producer based in Mainz, Germany, covering news for all of NBC News' platforms. He started this role in 1994.
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He was part of NBC's coverage of the 2013 election of Pope Francis and the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. He also covered the Israel-Gaza conflict in November 2012, the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005 and the 60th anniversary of Allied invasion in Normandy in 2004 and 2014.
In 2007, Andy was recognized for his contributions to the Emmy Award-winning investigative report "The Secret Battle Over Body Armor" on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
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Eckardt spent his childhood in West Berlin and Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as Long Beach, Calif., and Boston, Mass. He lives near Frankfurt, Germany, with his wife and two children.