Former Formula One commentator Murray Walker has been diagnosed with cancer.

The legendary 89-year-old has a form of lymphatic system cancer, which was diagnosed during tests after a fall last month, where he broke his pelvis.

Walker is due to have a programme of chemotherapy over the next few months, and he has cancelled his plans to attend the upcoming British Grand Prix.

The former ITV and BBC commentator had a career spanning more than 30 years, before retiring from full-time commentary in 2001.

Although he actually first picked up the microphone in 1948, covering the Isle of Man TT with his father. It was not until the 1970s that he covered Formula One on a full-time basis.

He has continued to work for the BBC, being involved with a number of features on their website.

News of the diagnosis brought out many well-wishers on Twitter, with the likes of Jenson Button and Jake Humphrey sending their own messages.

 

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