Legendary motorsport commentator Murray Walker has been diagnosed with cancer. The 89-year-old confirmed the news with the BBC, but was optimistic that he will make a full recovery given it was caught in its very early stages.
The Englishman, famous worldwide for his ‘trousers on fire’ style of commentary, was the central figure in the broadcasting of a host of motorsport championships for over fifty years until he hung up the microphone in 2001.
He continued to be a regular visitor to several Grands Prix thereafter, as well as being a regular guest during the V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 race at Adelaide.
He has had a rough run on the medical front in the last month. He recently slipped while on holiday and broke his pelvis, and it was during this treatment that his cancer illness was diagnosed.
“They’ve caught it incredibly early. It’s treatable, the doctors say my condition is mild and I’m very hopeful,” he said.
The entire RichardsF1.com team extended its best wishes to Murray for a speedy recovery.