Legendary motorsport commentator Murray Walker OBE has died at the age of 97, it has been confirmed.
Walker, known as the Voice of F1, commented on his first Grand Prix in 1949.
He commented on television coverage of the sport for the BBC between 1976 and 1996 and for ITV between 1997 and 2001.
In 1996, he was awarded an OBE for his services to broadcasting and motorsport, the Spiegel Reports.
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 everything he has done for our community.
“Send our love and thoughts to Murray’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
A Formula 1 statement added: “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.”
“His passion and love for sports have inspired millions of fans around the world. He will forever be part of our history and will be greatly missed. “
Walker struggled with health problems in his later years.
On tests at the hospital, he was diagnosed with a mild form of lymphoma after suffering a fall while on a German river cruise vacation at the age of 89.
Speaking in 2016, he heartbreakingly admitted that he was physically unable to race but vowed to maintain his passion for the sport until his death.
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.”