Racing driver Douglas Costa and girlfriend both die from mystery illness after taking trip together

A RACING driver and his girlfriend have both died from a mystery illness. Race car star Douglas Costa, 42, and dentist partner Mariana Giordano, 36, developed symptoms on June 3 after visiting a “rural area” in Campinas, Brazil, on May 27. Spotted fever is a severe febrile disease which leaves spots on the skin. Costa was taking part in the AMG Cup Brasil, a Merdeces-Benz event, when he was whisked to a private hospital in Jundiai on June 7. Mariana had already been taken to hospital in Sao Paulo two days earlier. He was buried the following day in Itupeva, while Mariana’s funeral took place in Sao Paulo. A patient of dentist Mariana said: “She always had a new recipe for my pain.

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