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Legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker passes away

The former Formula 1 commentator was the 'voice of F1' for decades. He sadly passed away aged 97.

Legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died at the age of 97. He was a stalwart of the sport for decades, commentating full-time for 23 years between 1978 and 2001. Formula 1 issued a statement regarding the untimely passing, stating Walker will forever be a part of the sport's history. "We are immensely sad to hear that Murray Walker has passed away," read a statement. "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." Walker's first Grand Prix commentary came at Silverstone in 1949. He became well-known for his enthusiasm and passion towards F1, calling some of the most memorable moments in Formula 1 history. Current F1 pundit Martin Brundle was Walker's final co-commentator and he was one of the first people to pay tribute to the F1 icon.

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Rest in Peace Murray Walker. Wonderful man in every respect. National treasure, communication genius, Formula One legend. — Martin Brundle 💙 (@MBrundleF1) March 13, 2021

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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 nations favourite commentator and a contagious smile. We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. RIP our friend. pic.twitter.com/3Of3Ia3nMB — BRDC (@BRDCSilverstone) March 13, 2021

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Today we say farewell to one of the greats of our sport, Murray was the voice of F1 for so many years, he put his heart and soul into commentating. The legend will always live on in our memories but today in Murray’s words “I’ve got to stop because I have a lump in my throat” pic.twitter.com/Z10RcslkGk — Jenson Button (@JensonButton) March 13, 2021

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