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Iconic Formula One racing driver Sir Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90.
He had been suffering through a lengthy illness at his home in Mayfair, but his wife has confirmed that he has now passed away.
Lady Moss said: "He died as he lived, looking wonderful.
"He simply tired in the end and he just closed his beautiful eyes and that was that."
Moss was one of the outstanding stars of motorsport and a British sporting hero, and is widely regarded as the greatest driver never to win a world championship.
His record speaks for itself. Moss won a remarkable 212 of his 529 races. During his 10 year Formula One career, between 1951 and 1961, he won the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix three times.
Moss' racing career saw him become one of the world's most recognisable sports figures in the years after the end of the Second World War.
Four times a world championship runner up between the years of 1955 and 1961, he was famous as much for his sportsmanship and belief in British machinery and engineering as he was for being one of the most talented all-around racers to sit behind the wheel of a race car.
He took on the much faster Ferrari cars and won around Monaco in 1961 in his Lotus, and set a new course record in the famous - and frankly incredibly bizarre - Mille Miglia (thousand mile) race around Italy in 1955.
In 1962, he suffered a heavy crash at Goodwood circuit that left him in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for half a year.
Moss became ill in 2016 after developing a chest infection while travelling in Singapore. There is no evidence or suggestion that his death has anything to do with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
After the news of Moss' passing broke, former F1 racer and current commentator Martin Brundle tweeted: "RIP Sir Stirling Moss. A mighty racer and gentleman.
"He had a press on style on the track and in life. Remarkable man.
"Survived the most dangerous era of motorsport and died today aged 90. He had such great stories to tell, and it was a privilege to know him."
Fellow F1 racer and broadcaster Karun Chandhok shared a photograph of Moss and wrote: "Very sorry to hear of Sir Stirling Moss' passing.
"I have a few nice memories with him over the past few years. I took this photo at @goodwoodrevival where he was sitting on his own, just enjoying the racing.
"Later his wife Susie & he were in great form at the ball! #RIPStirling"
RIP Sir Stirling Moss.
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