Mr. Schumacher’s family has been known for maintaining privacy over his health since he hit his head on a rock while skiing at Méribel, a resort in the French Alps, in December 2013. Doctors said at the time that his condition was serious and that he was “fighting for his life.” Few details about his health have emerged since then.
Sabine Kehm, a spokeswoman for Mr. Schumacher’s family, said in an email on Monday that the family was planning to take legal action against Die Aktuelle.
Funke Media Group, which publishes Die Aktuelle, apologized to the family in a statement on Friday and said that the magazine’s editor in chief, Anne Hoffmann, had been fired because of the article. She had run the magazine since 2009, the statement said. Reports that Mr. Schumacher’s family was planning to take legal action first appeared before Ms. Hoffmann was let go.
“This vulgar and misleading article should have never been published,” Funke Media Group’s managing director, Bianca Pohlmann, said in an emailed statement, adding that it did not meet the company’s journalistic standards “in any shape or form that we and our readers expect from a publisher like Funke.”