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Former Formula One commentator Murrary Walker has died, aged 97.
The news was confirmed by the British Racing Drivers' Club in a statement.
It read: "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."
Walker commentated his first grand prix race in 1949 for the BBC at Silverstone, before becoming a full time F1 commentator in 1978.
Tributes have poured in for the iconic personality.
F1 tweeted: "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."
That passion was never clearer than when British driver Damon Hill became world champion in October 1996 after winning the Japanese Grand Prix.
An emotional Walker said: "I have got to stop because I have got a lump in my throat."
Martin Brundle, who was Walker's co-commentator until his retirement in 1997 paid tribute to his former colleague.
He tweeted: "Rest in Peace Murray Walker.
"Wonderful man in every respect. National treasure, communication genius, Formula 1 legend."
Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that I have to inform Silverstone's fans that Murray Walker died earlier today.
"He was to so many of us fans of F1, the voice that epitomised the sport we love. Knowledgeable beyond words and with a passion that occasionally got the better of him in commentary, he brought the sport and some of its greatest moments to life in a way that ensured they remained seared in our memories for ever.
"Much will be written about the impact that Murray had on the sport and we will make a more fulsome tribute in due course, but for the time being rest in peace Murray and thank you."
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