Murray Walker, a British motorsport commentator once known as the voice of Formula 1, has died. He was 97.
A statement from the British Racing Drivers’ Club confirmed Mr Murray’s passing.
“A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nation’s favourite commentator and a contagious smile. Murray will be sadly missed, his mark and voice will live on in motorsport and our hearts forever,” it said.
“We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. Sending our love and thoughts to Murray’s family and friends in this difficult time. RIP our friend.”
Mr Walker provided live television commentary of Formula 1 for the BBC between 1976 and 1996, and for ITV between 1997 and 2001.
“His voice came to define Formula 1 for generations of fans,” said a statement from Formula 1.
“Formula 1 sends its condolences to Murray Walker’s family.”
Martin Brundle, Mr Walker’s co-commentator in the final years of his career, said he was a “wonderful man in every respect”.
“National treasure, communication genius, Formula One legend,” Mr Brundle wrote on Twitter.