Murray Walker, the voice of Formula One whose broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years, has died at the age of 97.
The British Racing Drivers’ Club reported the sad news on Saturday, describing Walker as “the nation’s favourite commentator.”
Walker worked for both main British channels BBC and ITV, before he retired from commentating in 2001.
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“It’s with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE,” the BRDC said in a statement.
“A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nation’s favourite commentator and a contagious smile.
“We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. RIP our friend.”
Martin Brundle, who commentated alongside Walker in the final years of his career, led the tributes on social media.
Writing on Twitter, Brundle said: “Rest In Peace, Murray Walker.
“Wonderful man in every respect. National treasure, communication genius, Formula One legend.”
Formula One tweeted: “We are immensely sad to hear that Murray Walker has passed away.
“His passion and love of the sport inspired millions of fans around the world. He will forever be a part of our history, and will be dearly missed.”
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