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Posted By: James Allen  |  17 Jun 2013   |  11:15 pm GMT  |  136 comments

It has been reported this evening that my old broadcasting colleague Murray Walker is fighting cancer.

Approaching his 90th birthday, Murray was already dealing with a fractured pelvis from a fall; blood tests during his treatment revealed a form of cancer in the lymphatic system.

Fortunately it has been found early in its development, so there is a degree of optimism about the treatment of it.

“They’ve caught it incredibly early. It’s treatable, the doctors say my condition is mild and I’m very hopeful,” said Murray.

His mother lived to over 100 and the veteran commentator always used to say when we were on the road that you can absteem from smoking and drinking as much as you like (both of which he avoided), but if you don’t have good genes then you’re sunk.

We wish him a speedy recovery.

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  1. pcoops says:

    Get well soon Murray x

    1. Horno says:

      +1, Get well soon indeed..
      But don’t forget, 90yrs old is a reasonable age..
      i would sign for it.

  2. Andrew Carter says:

    Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

  3. Rein says:

    Absolutely! Get well soon! All the best Murray Walker! You are the all-time legend!

  4. F12012 says:

    Hope he can beat this, I grew up listening to Murrays F1 commentary, the mans a legend

    All the best Murray

  5. James says:

    Murray is a legend, hope he has a speedy recovery!

  6. Marc says:

    Get well soon Murray. Your passion made me fall in love with an amazing sport – may the joy you’ve given me be paid back a 100 fold in good fortune at this most difficult of times.

    1. Jay says:

      could not agree more

  7. Basil says:

    Get well soon Murray!

  8. Feral says:

    Get well soon Murray, you are one of the true legends of motor sport.
    Feral

  9. Sebee says:

    1s all around for you Murray, as in 111! It’s only fitting.

  10. Simon Donald says:

    Get well soon Muzza!!

  11. Doohan says:

    Thoughts and well wishes to Murray and his family.
    Such a passionate fan of all Motorsport and will always be the voice of Formula One.

  12. Get well soon Murray. You’re a true legend.

  13. Racyboy says:

    Wishing Murray all the luck and strength in the world. Sounds promising that they’ve caught it early.

  14. Random 79 says:

    I used to love listening to Murray during the races.

    Hope to hear good news soon :)

  15. Gus says:

    Best of luck Murray, get well soon I know you will fight it.

  16. Ryan Eckford says:

    Get well soon, Murray Walker. You have got tremendous fight in you!

  17. Irish con says:

    I’m only 24 so I didn’t hear Murray commentate on too many races but still he is a motor sport man and because of that I automatically feel saddened by this. Get well soon Murray.

    1. O.S says:

      I’m 24 too and my earliest memories of F1 are of Murray’s wonderful commentary in the mid-late 90s (yes I was hooked early on!)

      I saw Murray last year at Goodwood and he looked on top form. I wish him all the best in his treatment and recovery.

      I’m sure the fans at the British GP will have a special message for him.

  18. Lawrence says:

    Yes, get well soon Murray.

  19. Tony Singh says:

    Dear Murray,
    My earliest memories of Formula 1 are excitingly colored with your wonderful commentary. You are the ultimate voice of F1 and our TV coverage in Australia has never been the same without you. Wish you well in your recovery.

  20. Paul H-E says:

    Like many others, Murray’s enthusiasm for F1 inspired me to follow and love the sport. I wish him well for a positive outcome to his treatment and a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Murray!

  21. Mitch says:

    Get well soon Murray!

    My inner voice automatically switched over to Murray’s as I read this story.

  22. User0815 says:

    Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  23. BenM says:

    Probably the best loved F1 commentator in the English speaking world (sorry James :)). I grew up listening to he and James as a teenager and I don’t think any commentator past or present has exhibited the same degree of outright boy-like enthusiasm for the sport.

    Get well Murray. You’re one in a million mate.

  24. Randallbob says:

    I went to University in North West Ohio in the early 90’s. We would get the UK F1 re-broadcast from Canadian TV late Sunday night. It was my first exposure to F1 and Murray was the announcer. F1 seemed so exotic and exciting and Murray was able to draw me in and make it even more exciting. His enthusiasm for the sport was amazing! I believe I became hooked on F1 partly due to listening to Murray. I consider myself lucky as an American kid getting to hear Murray Walker call an F1 race. Get well soon Mr. Walker!

  25. JohnBt says:

    The majority of F1 commentaries are filled with the distinguishable voice of Mr. Murray Walker.

    Wishing him a speedy recovery and get well soon.

  26. Rich C says:

    Wish I could think of an appropriate “Murray-ism” to say “hang in there Murray!”

    1. BenM says:

      We all hope we are very much mistaken!

      1. Lez Martin says:

        I don’t make mistakes. I make prophecies which immediately turn out to be wrong.

  27. Mike from Colombia says:

    What sad news.

    Praying for your Murray. Hope that we have you around for a very long time yet. They don’t make them like you any more.

  28. John in SD says:

    Well, I certainly wish Murray well. Best wishes for successful treatment and a speedy recovery.

  29. JB says:

    I always love Murray Walker’s commentating. His distinct voice has been the intricate part of my love for F1 when I was a kid.

    Please get well soon!

  30. Simon Lord says:

    Yes, get well soon Murray. Over the years you have informed, educated, occasionally exasperated, often amazed and always entertained me. The voice of the true enthusiast!

  31. ronik says:

    Good post James, get well soon Murray! F1 woudn’t be the same without you.

  32. Nick says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Murray!

  33. Lee says:

    Best wishes Murray – get well soon legend.

  34. Ian ( Brisbane Aust ) says:

    Good luck Murray, My thoughts are with you mate,,,

  35. goferet says:

    If you don’t have good genes then you’re sunk
    ————————————————

    Personally, I wouldn’t want to keep floating beyond my 70th birthday.

    In my book that’s the threshold, beyond which, it’s just not worth the bother.

    Anyway besides that, life is way too unpredictable for good genres or not, you just never know what’s lurking around the corner

    1. Flying Scotsman says:

      A ‘Get well soon Murray’ would have sufficed.

    2. Craig D says:

      Yes get well soon Murray. It’s amazing how fit he is for his age. I believe it’s as much about mental attitude as well as physical health, which could still be identified as good genes I guess.

      A little bit of a silly comment above though. One that smacks of youthful ignorance (and I’m in my 20s by the way). It’s akin to kids saying to their parents how old and past it they are once they’ve hit 40 (I did haha!) and what’s the point since they’ve lost their youth, i.e. it shows a childish view of things.

      So you’re saying, since Murray is near 90, his time since 1993 has been a rather pointless one, one of little worth and merit? A life that, in 1993 was largely done and dusted with and had nothing left to offer to both oneself and others? Hmm.

      Ok, it’s a personal opinion and sure, if you’ve not bungy jumped by the time you’re 70, you’re not likely to, etc. But I wonder how you’ll be feeling if you’re lucky to reach 69 and nearing 70. Will you be thinking, right I’ve had enough now?

    3. Aaron James says:

      If I was as fit as Murray is at 89 when I’m 70, I’d count that as a miracle.

    4. Peter C says:

      I’m 70 this year. I’ll bet you’ll change your tune in a few years time.

      Do you have grandparents? If you have, I think they might be disappointed hearing you say that.

      1. goferet says:

        @ Peter C
        No man, my grand parents are gone.

    5. Neil says:

      Let’s see if you still hold the same opinion aged, say, 68!

    6. egoFret says:

      Yes, the ultimate statistic to top them all.

      Ps. Be careful what you wish for.

  36. Andrew says:

    Get well soon Murray!

  37. Danno76 says:

    Legend! Get well soon Murray

  38. Tom Haythornthwaite says:

    Murray, you taught us that to finish first, first you have to finish. You’ve always finished first for us!

  39. franed says:

    The distinguished voice of Raymond Baxter was outshone by Murray. Then Murray and James Hunt then Murray again, then Murray and JA.

    His voice, vast knowledge, and enthusiasm epitomises what was the great era of F1. Now we have politics instead of innovation.

    Get well Murray try B17 it cant hurt.

  40. Wayne says:

    Best wishes, Murray, everyone’s rooting for a speedy recovery for you!

  41. Carl Sheen says:

    I tried to pass on some best wishes last night, but couldn’t find any contact details. I hope these messages find there way to him.

    Get well soon Murray, Silverstone wont be the same without your presence.

  42. Stephen Taylor says:

    Praying for you to have a speedy recovery. God bless.

  43. Joshua says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  44. Mauro says:

    Wish you a speedy recovery Murray Walker.

  45. Mal_in_Aus says:

    All the best for a speedy recovery Murray. Murray is one of life’s gentlemen. I sat between Murray and Jack Brabham at breakfast at a Classic Adelaide about nine years ago. Murray is such an interesting person and a true gentleman (as is Sir Jack).

    Murray may your good genes carry you forward so you get your personal telegram (for reaching 100 years) from the Queen. God bless!

  46. Paul Mc says:

    Get well soon Murray! Such a legend and comes across as such a sound guy. Cancer doesnt stand a chance against him!

    Best wishes!

  47. Richard says:

    Get well soon Murray. You’re strength and passion will give you the tools to fight this. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  48. JoeyC says:

    Murray Walker is one of biggest reasons I got into F1 as a boy. No other commentator has ever captured the drama and excitement of F1 like our Murray. The man is a legend and an incredibly likeable person. Get well soon Murray. My prayers are with you.

  49. Ian says:

    Get well soon Murray. A true Inspiration to all.

    Slightly off topic, Murray should be Knighted for his service’s to Motorsport.

  50. David Ryan says:

    Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery Murray.

  51. Ross says:

    When you think of some of the awful people who have been given out knighthoods, it’s a national disgrace that it’s not Sir Murray Walker.

    He is a national treasure and I wish him a very speedy recovery.

  52. mark says:

    Strong as an Ox. He’ll beat this. Best of luck Murray.

  53. Alex says:

    The voice and enthusiasm that got so many people including myself hooked on F1. What a fantastic guy he is, so passionate about the sport, get well soon Murray, I’m sure many millions around the world are sending their positive thoughts to him and his family.

  54. Grabsplatter says:

    Here’s to a speedy recovery for the voice of F1.

  55. Joe B says:

    Get well soon Murray!

  56. aezy_doc says:

    Murray Walker IS the voice of F1. Get well soon!

  57. Franco says:

    Whenever you think about F1 commentary Murray Walker is the first name that comes to mind.

    James, both of you together commenting was by far the best partnership.

    All the best to a great legend and a speedy recover

  58. ashboy says:

    get well soon, the true voice of F1

  59. Lewis1976 says:

    Get well Murray! All the best for a very speedy recovery!

  60. Steve says:

    All the best Murray, get well soon sir.

  61. Jon says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Get Well soon Murray! Still miss your commentaries…..

  62. Flying Scotsman says:

    Wish him a speedy recovery.Silverstone 2013 will not be the same.

  63. Aaron James says:

    Get well soon Murray :D

  64. Clay from aus says:

    Get well soon Murray

    I’ve got heaps of your greatest hits on my ipod and listen on my walk from the car to the office.

  65. Skoozster says:

    Best wishes Murray!..
    I know you want to sit and have a coffee and a chat with Ayrton.. but not just yet please!
    Get well soon..!

  66. tobinen says:

    Best wishes to Murray (what does “absteem” mean?)

  67. Lez Martin says:

    No one has been able to match Murray, He is a true Iconic Hero, and we miss his ‘Murrayisms’, get well soon Murray, the man who was the Voice of my F1 sundays…..

  68. Martin B says:

    Best wishes to Murray. I found this link whilst reading a story on another site about him, some of his famous quotes.

    http://www.worldmotorsport.com/murray/

    1. Cos says:

      …brilliant

  69. Johnty says:

    One of those story that you read and wish the article was “very much mistaken” Get Well Murray!

  70. Mad Marz says:

    Great 2 see all these wishes for Murry and I share in evryone’s thought’s in wishing him well.
    He really has been the voice of F1

  71. Chapor says:

    Your commentary was legendary.

    Get well soon…

  72. Cliff says:

    Murray walker,

    A true gentleman. It was a pleasure to him commentate, and it’s still a pleasure to read his thoughts on F1 in F1 Racing each month.

    Get well soon Murray.

  73. James says:

    Murray.
    Get well soon.
    The best tool in the box is: A Positive Mental Attitude.
    Also, as I cared for a friend with cancer for his last two years. I know first hand, the perils of Chemo.
    So from experience, I would like to share some knowledge with you Murray.
    If you already know it fine. But, just in case.
    It is a known fact that
    ‘Cancers cannot exist in an Alkaline state’.
    See Nobel Prize winning Biochemist: Otto Heinrich Warburg. Check wiki for details.
    So eat natural foods with high Alkalinity. As acidic foods help the cancer grow. (no brainier eh?)
    Also, check out ‘Vibration Plate’ machines. Especially ones able to do ultra low Frequency vibes (2-20Hz range) as these are particularly good for ‘Lymph drainage’.
    I.e. clearing out toxins etc… Get good advice and proper trainer who knows about this. They’re out there.
    Sorry for lecture. I don’t like projecting on others.
    But I admire Murray too much not to at least give him a ‘Heads up’.
    Interestingly, I mentioned this fact to my Doctor recently.
    And she had no idea of these facts. Clearly, they don’t have time to look above the parapet.
    If anybody reading this, is a friend of Murrays. Please ensure he at least reads it.
    As Clint Eastwood once said.
    ‘A mans life can rest on a mere “scrap of information’”.
    Be Happy.

  74. Gareth says:

    Murray Walker, the man who could make a dull race exciting, just like Mclaren in the late 80`s and Williams in the 90`s i hope Murray roars ahead and beats this thing.

  75. Gilly Reid says:

    Aah, dear Murray, thinking of you and wishing you a very speedy recovery. I only became hooked on F1 because of you!
    Get very well, very soon, Gilly

  76. NickD85 says:

    I lived pretty much next door to Murray growing up. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  77. Anne says:

    “With half the race gone, there is half the race to go” That´s the Murray we all love. I wish him a speedy recovery.

  78. All revved-up says:

    “Anything can happen in F1, and will happen.”

    Legend.

    Get well at F1 speed MrWalker.

    But if God has other plans for you, know that your legend lives on in the hearts and minds of many F1 fans especially thise who are old enough to have witnessed the Senna-Prost Prost-Lauda Mansell-Prost-Senna glory years.

  79. Joel says:

    Sad to say that I don’t know you. But, seeing the outpouring here – I want to wish you a speedy recovery. You must have influenced quite a lot of fans… Best Wishes for a healthy future too.

  80. Luke says:

    Get well soon Murray!

  81. Really pleased you flagged this one up James, will you be sending Murray o copy of your blog, should cheer him up.

  82. Nic Maennling says:

    Full recovery very soon and a chequered flag for you. You made F1 come alive for us over the pond. I hear that the odd pinch of a nurses bum does wonders but I’m sure you have thought of that !

  83. J Hancock says:

    Don’t worry Murray, they’ve got it early and after a year it’ll be back to go go go!

  84. Ioannis Iordanidis says:

    Get well soon Murray!

  85. Oli says:

    Get well soon Murray!!

  86. Dan says:

    Get well soon Murray!

  87. KARTRACE says:

    Get well

  88. Quade says:

    The best F1 commentator there ever was. A true legend.
    Get well soon.

  89. Hermann says:

    Dear Murray,

    Be strong! Although I’m much younger than you are, I fought successfully Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 15 years ago. Today I’m 42, happily married with two beautiful kids and still mad about F1 and motor sport in general.
    I hope you won’t need chemotherapy. I had to take both chemo and radiotherapy. Please, be strong and never give up. Good luck and may God bless you.

  90. Bring Back Murray says:

    Get well soon Murray!

    Like Nic Maennling says a couple of posts up – you certainly did make F1 come alive.

  91. David C says:

    I hope you recover soon and fully Murray, best wishes man

  92. Ahmed says:

    Get well soon Murray!

  93. Peter Miles says:

    My very best wishes Murray. If it’s any interest to you please know that you have captured the nations affection like few others have. And, yes, you should have a knighthood.
    If nothing else you are a good, honest gentleman so it’ll save them the trouble of having to take it back later!

  94. Nick4 says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Murray.

  95. Notna says:

    Get well soon Murray! You’re well loved in the Philippines too.

    All the best for a (best Murray voice) GREAT RECOVERY!

  96. Roger Carr says:

    All our thoughts are with Murray and his familiy at this time – get well soon!

  97. moxlox says:

    Get well soon Murray!

  98. Doug says:

    All the best Murray. Love your work. Top fella!

  99. Ghayth says:

    Get well soon murray

  100. Rudy says:

    Mr. Walker, wish you a positive medical treatment in order for you to enjoy family quality time for many years.
    Sincerely,
    Rudy

  101. Longy says:

    It’s kinda beautiful that I am in no way suprised at the amount of well wishing messages here, Murray is a true legend of the sport. Get well soon sir!

  102. Matt W says:

    Wishing Murray a speedy recovery. Despite all the plaudits, I still don’t think we appreciate enough the job Murray did for F1 and Motor Sport back in times when TV coverage was far more challenging to put together, and far less time in which to do it.

    Even on the crackly commentary of the fly away races of Brazil and Japan, Murray’s iconic tones could tell the story of a race and championship in just a few sentences.

    I don’t envy the job you had trying to replace him James. I suppose it is a testament to Murray that whoever replaced him was on a hiding to nothing!

    Get well soon Murray.

  103. I know says:

    Good luck! Your toughest fight yet, show them they picked on the wrong guy. We know you’ll get through this!

  104. Michael says:

    Get well. I will always remember your race calls. A part of F1 forever.

  105. Andy says:

    Get well soon Murray. The soundtrack to all of Mansell and Hill’s greatest F1 moments. Am praying he will pull through and be around for many more F1 seasons to come.

  106. Grayzee (Australia) says:

    Wow! 99 get well comments so far, so I’ll make it 100.
    All the best in your fight with the Big C, Murray.
    Thanks James for giving us the chance to wish Murray a speedy recovery.

  107. Johny says:

    Legendary commentator. He was able to draw you in and hook you with his enthusiasm. And his interviews are still captivating. Get well Murray!

  108. Cos says:

    Why does this sort of thing always happen to the great people of this country, the people who are loved and respected and not to the ‘oiks’ of the world?

    Murray please get well soon…you are the voice and spirit of F1…your passion and love for the sport is why you have so many fans the world over…yes the world over. They may not all speak English but passion is passion and that is understanderbale in any language.

    I remember as a kid playing Scalextric with my friends..alwyas bickering over whose turn it was to have a game…but listening to you commentate on F1 in the70s and 80s made it ok not to play as we could commentate instead….so for all those generations still to come get well soon so many more get to say they know who Murray Walker is (without the use of hearing replays on youtube).

  109. Alan from Canada says:

    Mr. Walker…I started watching F1 in Toronto, Canada with you and James Hunt/James Allen, and over the years I enjoyed your commentary very much. I am also surprised that you don’t get a well-deserved knighthood for your excellent work!

    Wish you a speedy recovery, and may God bless you and give you strength!

    Alan from Toronto, Canada

  110. AaronM says:

    Get well soon Murray.
    You are one of the reasons I fell in love with Formula One.
    A true Legend.

  111. TP says:

    “I’m going to stop the start watch!” to Murrays recovery.

  112. Soggy says:

    Taking a quote from Murray himself

    With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go.

    Get well.

  113. Alam says:

    Get well soon Murray… as a kid I got into F1 because of your enthusiasm for the sport. I also read your book and was impressed with your career and accomplishments.

    Cancer is a horrible but you can beat it!

    Best wishes.

  114. Tim W says:

    Grew up listening to Murray. Made me love F1. Get well soon; this is just a pit stop, not the chequered flag!

  115. BlueRacer says:

    Get well soon Murray!

  116. McRocket says:

    Yes…please get well soon.

  117. Rishi says:

    Read this news a few days ago and I also wish that Murray gets well soon!

    The prognosis looks positive in that they caught it early and in quite a mild condition but at the same time a course of chemotherapy cannot be easy for a man approaching his 90th birthday, even for an 89-yr old whose fitness is as impressive as Murray’s.

    In the short-run it’ll be sad not to see him at Silverstone this year but on the other hand here’s hoping for a full recovery and for him to be there in subsequent years.

  118. Marty says:

    Still missing your race broadcasts Murray, wishing you a full and speedy recovery!

  119. John Turner says:

    Hope you have a Speedy Recovery!

    Still love going back to old Races and hearing Murray’s Commentary!

    Get Well Soon!

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