The FIA, Formula one's governing body confirmed through a statement that "Whiting died on Thursday morning as a result of pulmonary embolism."
In addition to his duties at Grand Prix weekends, he also had a wide-ranging position at the FIA overseeing safety and technical matters in the sport.
"It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie's passing. Charlie Whiting was a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport," FIA President Jean Todt said in his official statement.
"Formula One has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and entire motorsport community go out to his family, friends, and all Formula One lovers," he added.
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