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The voice of F1 is silent. Legendary commentator, Murray Walker, has died at the age of 97.

Known for his enthusiasm and passion for Formula 1, his commentating career began in 1949 for BBC radio at Silverstone.

He commentated as a freelancer while still working as an account director at an ad agency. He later resigned and became a full-time commentator.

Walker's broadcasting career spanned a whopping 52 years, and this former war veteran was loved by fans and drivers alike.

Years of exposure to loud engines and age-related hearing problems had left Walker with hearing loss in both ears. In 2006, he became chief ambassador for David Ormerod Hearing Centres, a UK based audiology chain that fitted his hearing aids, reports Wikipedia.

Walker narrated the world of F1 through many rivalries, including the infamous one between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, as well as career defining winning moments like Nigel Mansell’s title win in 1992.

Former and current world champions like Damon Hill and Lewis Hamilton took to social media to share their condolences regarding the legendary commentator.

Walker leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth, who he married in 1955. They had no children.

Watch the Sky Sports F1 interview with Martin Brundle, dedicated to Murray Walker and his broadcasting career, here.

Image credit: Autosport

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