OLIVER HOLT: Murray Walker’s passing marks the end of an era… like Richie Benaud and David Coleman his voice was enough to spike the heart rate, he was part of the soundtrack of our lives

I am from a generation of sports fans who grew up idolising commentators such as Dan Maskell, David Coleman, Richie Benaud and Cliff Morgan. I spent four seasons working in Formula One in the mid-1990s and even though I did not socialise with Murray that often, I got to know him well enough to realise that he was one of the most genuine, amiable, open and welcoming of men. Murray was the same in real life as he was behind the microphone. And he had the kind of love for the sport that you could not fake. I think that is one of the reasons why viewers and listeners loved him so much. There are other superb commentators in sport today but the passing of Murray Walker marks the end of an era.

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