Too old to watch the Asian races live.
There is film showing not only the accident but also the aftermath with the medical team trying to restart his heart, it's very graphic. They failed so he did die instantly though I don't think it was ever determined whether it was the violence of the accident or the impact after being thrown out that killed him.He didn't die instantly though did he, he died later in hospital and who's to say when his neck was injured it could have happened when his body hit the fencing and not when the car hit the ground and so it is possible that a stronger harness could have saved his life...
Welcome @Iokiqc. Greetings from another Gilles fan (and fellow Canadian)I'm from Montreal and witnessing his 3rd position with the front wing detached at the 1981 Grand Prix very close to the track with my 6-years old eyes made me a fan of F1 that still lasts to this day