Michael Schumacher Dead: Facebook Groups Try To Cash In Off Schumacher's Grave Condition

Nathan Francis

Michael Schumacher is not dead, but a host of Facebook groups have popped up memorializing his death in the hopes for some likes.

The Formula One great has been in a French hospital since suffering severe head injuries from a skiing accident. He has been placed in a medically induced coma in an attempt to lessen swelling on his brain.

Doctors have been reluctant to place assign a status to Michael Schumacher, but indications appear grim.

''We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,'' Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive care unit, said at a news conference.

''He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation,'' Payne added. ''We are working hour by hour.''

Schumacher was considered an expert skier, but fell in a section of trails that contain deep snow and was not considered extreme.

While Schumacher is in a hospital fighting for his life, a number of Facebook groups have arisen trying to cash in off the expected tragedy. A search of the site shared on the site Reddit showed at least a half dozen sites with names like "RIP Michael Schumacher" and "R.I.P, Schumacher" were clear.

The jump to declare ailing celebrities dead has been seen on the internet before. In the hours before her death earlier this year, The Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand had many similar memorials pop up.

Other sites have concocted death hoaxes, including several aimed at actor Morgan Freeman.

The post containing the Michael Schumacher memorial pages earned the ire of many Reddit posters.

"The Facebook community can be outright toxic...I hate that site more and more every day. It's absolutely horrible what these people are doing...give some respect to this man!" wrote one user.

While Michael Schumacher may not be dead, doctors continue to paint a grim picture and have not spoken of his chances for recovery, instead saying they are taking the situation "hour by hour."