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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

Get well soon Murray x

2

+1, Get well soon indeed..

But don't forget, 90yrs old is a reasonable age..

i would sign for it.

3

Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

4

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

5

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

All the best Murray

6

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

7

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.

8

could not agree more

9

Get well soon Murray!

10

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

Feral

11

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

12

Get well soon Muzza!!

13

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.

14

Get well soon Murray. You're a true legend.

15

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

16

I used to love listening to Murray during the races.

Hope to hear good news soon 🙂

17

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

18

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

19

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.

20

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.

21

Yes, get well soon Murray.

22

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.

23

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!

24

Get well soon Murray!

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

25

Wishing him a speedy recovery.

26

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.

27

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!

28

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

Wishing him a speedy recovery and get well soon.

29

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

30

We all hope we are very much mistaken!

31

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

32
Mike from Colombia

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.

33

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

34

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!

35

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!

36

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

37

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Murray!

38

Best wishes Murray - get well soon legend.

39
Ian ( Brisbane Aust )

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

40

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

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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

41

Yes, the ultimate statistic to top them all.

Ps. Be careful what you wish for.

42

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

43

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.

44

@ Peter C

No man, my grand parents are gone.

45

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

46

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?

47
Flying Scotsman

A 'Get well soon Murray' would have sufficed.

48

Get well soon Murray!

49

Legend! Get well soon Murray

50
Tom Haythornthwaite

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

51

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.

52

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

53

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.

54
Stephen Taylor

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

56

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

57

Wish you a speedy recovery Murray Walker.

58

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!

59

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

Best wishes!

60

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

61

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.

62

Get well soon Murray. A true Inspiration to all.

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

63

Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery Murray.

64

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.

65

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

66

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.

67

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

68

Get well soon Murray!

69

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

70

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

71

get well soon, the true voice of F1

72

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

73

All the best Murray, get well soon sir.

74

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

75
Flying Scotsman

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

76

Get well soon Murray 😀

77

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.

78

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..!

79

Best wishes to Murray (what does "absteem" mean?)

80

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.....

81

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/

84

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

85

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

86

Your commentary was legendary.

Get well soon...

87

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.

88

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.

89

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.

90

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

91

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

92

"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.

93

"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.

94

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.

95

Get well soon Murray!

96

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

98

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 !

99

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

100
Ioannis Iordanidis

Get well soon Murray!

101

Get well soon Murray!!

102

Get well soon Murray!

103

Get well

104

The best F1 commentator there ever was. A true legend.

Get well soon.

105

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.

106
Bring Back Murray

Get well soon Murray!

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

107

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

108

Get well soon Murray!

109

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!

110

Wishing you a speedy recovery Murray.

111

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

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

112

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

113

Get well soon Murray!

114

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

115

Get well soon murray

116

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

Sincerely,

Rudy

117

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!

118

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.

119

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

120

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

121

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.

122
Grayzee (Australia)

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.

123

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

124

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).

125
Alan from Canada

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

127

Get well soon Murray.

You are one of the reasons I fell in love with Formula One.

A true Legend.

128

"I'm going to stop the start watch!" to Murrays recovery.

129

Taking a quote from Murray himself

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

Get well.

130

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.

131

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

132

Get well soon Murray!

133

Yes...please get well soon.

134

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.

135

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

136

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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