Veteran F1 commentator Murray Walker has revealed that he is battling cancer, having had signs of the disease picked up during treatment for a recent fall.
Walker, now 89, is famous the world over for his energetic – and often idiosyncratic – narration of motorsport events, but has been sidelined in his semi-retirement after breaking his pelvis in a fall at his home last month. It was during routine treatment for those injuries that he was diagnosed with a form of lymphatic system cancer.
The Briton, who formed notable commentary partnerships with 1976 world champion James Hunt and current Sky Sports
stalwart Martin Brundle, will undergo an immediate course of chemotherapy in a bid to beat the condition.
"They've caught it incredibly early,” Walker revealed via the BBC
website, “It's treatable, the doctors say my condition is mild and I'm very hopeful."
Walker had planned to attend this month's British Grand Prix
at Silverstone, but has now cancelled the appointment to focus on his recovery, Judging by the outpouring of well wishes on the internet following the announcement of his illness, the much-loved 'voice of motorsport' can expect similar sentiments among the crowd he has entertained for over 30 years on both BBC