The ‘voice of F1’ and local brummie legend Murray Walker OBE has passed away at the age of 97.
Murray, who provided the BBC’s sports commentary for 20 years before joining ITV, was listed as an OBE on the Birthday Honors list for broadcast and motorsport services in 1996.
He is also one of only 45 people to be awarded a star on the Walk of Stars in Birmingham.
He became the fourth recipient of a Broad Street Walk of Stars award in 2008.
A statement from the British Racing Drivers’ Club said: “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE.
“A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nation’s favorite commentator and an infectious smile.
“Murray will unfortunately be missed, his mark and voice will live on forever in motorsport and in our hearts. We thank Murray for all that he has done for our community.
“Send our love and thoughts to Murray’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Murray’s career spanned over 50 years.
He became the BBC’s full-time F1 commentator in 1978 and formed half of a popular double act with 1976 World Champion James Hunt.
Walker moved to ITV when the Formula 1 broadcast rights were transferred in 1997. Brundle joined him as a co-commentator until he retired in 2001.
Murray worked for F1 Racing Magazine and BBC Radio Five Live until his 90s.
Damon Hill, a Formula 1 world champion, paid tribute to his friend.
Martin Brundle, the former British star who completed 11 seasons in Formula 1, was one of those who paid tribute to the icon.
He wrote: “Rest in peace, Murray Walker. A wonderful man in every way. National treasure, communication genius, Formula 1 legend.”
British racing driver Jake Hughes added: Rest In Peace Murray Walker. A man and a voice that will never be forgotten in our sport and beyond # RIPMurray . ”
Formula 1 said on Twitter: “We are very sad to hear that Murray Walker has passed away. His passion and love for the sport have inspired millions of fans around the world. He will forever be part of our history and will be greatly missed . “