Former Top Gear presenter Sue Baker has died at the age of 67, a statement from her family confirmed on November 15.
Baker – who was a TV icon in the 1980s – died with her “family around her” after a battle with motor neuron disease (MND).
The presenter appeared in more than 100 episodes of the BBC show Top Gear until her departure in 1991.
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Her role was later taken over by Jeremy Clarkson.
In an emotional statement posted to Twitter, Baker’s family said it was with “very great sadness” that they shared the news of her death.
“A loving mother to Ian and Hannah, a loving grandmother to Tom and George and a wonderful mother-in-law to Lucy. She died at home this morning with her family around her,” the statement said.
“She was a talented and prolific writer, a charismatic television presenter and a passionate animal lover.
“She had a life and career that would be the envy of many, but she did it all with such grace that she was admired and respected by all who knew her.
“We know she meant so much to so many,” the statement continued.
“Thanks to everyone who has supported her in the fight against MND over the last few years.”
“Thank you to everyone who shares memories, we take comfort with them,” the family added.
Honors flooded Baker – who has been described as a “women’s trailblazer”.
Aston Martin F1 Chief Communications Officer Matt Bishop tweeted: “This is very sad. Sue Baker was a pioneer motoring journalist who was very kind to me when I was a newbie to car introductions and the like.”
The Guild of Motoring Writers also shared a tribute on social media.
“We are deeply saddened that our Vice President and former Chair Sue Baker passed away this morning after a long illness.
“Sue was a pioneer for women in automotive journalism and a former presenter of BBC TopGear,” he wrote.
https://7news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/top-gear-presenter-dead-aged-67-c-8860008 Top Gear presenter dies aged 67