( 2016 ) IN MEMORY OF ★ † GILLES VILLENEUVE " South African Grand Prix 1982. " ) ★ † Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve - Wednesday, January 18,1950 à l’hôpital de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada. Died; Saturday, May 08,1982. (aged of 32) Leuven, Belgium. Cause of death; Villeneuve died in a 140 mph (225 km/h) crash caused by a collision with the March of Jochen Mass during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. He died at 21:12 CEST (Central European Summer Time).