F1 commentator Murray Walker dies aged 97
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 March 2021
Legendary Formula One commentator Murray Walker has died aged 97
Murray Walker has died aged 97.
The legendary Formula One commentator – who was the voice of the sport for six decades until he retired in 2001 – sadly passed away, the British Racing Drivers' Club has confirmed.
In a statement released online, they said: "It's with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE.
"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."
Tributes have flooded in from many connected to the sport.
Martin Brundle, who presented alongside Murray, said: "Rest in Peace Murray Walker. Wonderful man in every respect. National treasure, communication genius, F1 legend."
Whilst Sky Sports F1 commentator, David Croft, added in his own Twitter message: "Rest in Peace Murray Walker, a gentleman and a legend in every sense of the word.
"It was an honour to know you, a delight to spend time in your company and inspiring to listen and learn from you. THE voice of Formula 1 and always will be. Thank you."
Stuart Pringle, Silverstone managing director, also paid tribute to the late commentator.
He said: "He was to so many of us fans of F1 the voice that epitomized the sport we love."
And F1 themselves have posted a tribute to Murray.
It read: "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."
Murray's career highlights include commentating on the F1 race at Silverstone in 1949, where he anchored the show for BBC, before eventually moving to ITV and then retiring in the 2000s.