Top Gear host Sue Baker dies after battle with motor neurone disease

Top Gear host Sue Baker dies after battle with motor neurone disease
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Former Top Gear presenter Sue Baker has died age 67 after a battle with motor neurone disease.

The TV icon of the ’80s died “with family around her”, according to a statement released by Baker’s loved ones.

Her family said: “It is with very great sadness that we share the news of Sue’s passing.

“A doting mother to Ian and Hannah, a loving grandmother to Tom and George, a wonderful mother-in-law to Lucy.

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Sue Baker hosted Top Gear in the 80s. (Twitter)

“She passed at home this morning with family around her.”

The statement went on to describe Baker as “a talented and prolific writer, a charismatic TV presenter, and a passionate animal lover”.

“She had a life and career that many would envy, but did it all with such grace that she was admired and respected by all who knew her,” it continued.

“We know she meant so much to so many. Thank you to everyone who has supported her over the last few years as she battled with MND.”

Sue Baker is remembered by car enthusiasts, fans of Top Gear and journalists as a pioneering trailblazer.

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Baker left the show to continue motor journalism. (Twitter)

Baker joined series 4 of BBC’s Top Gear back in 1980 on more than 100 episodes of the series until she left in 1991. Her role was eventually taken over by Jeremy Clarkson.

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The TV personality left Top Gear in 1991 to continue working as a motoring journalist.

Baker set up and ran the Motor Racing News Service, based on the Kent motor racing track Brands Hatch. She was also the Observer‘s motoring editor for 13 years.

Over on Twitter, there was an outpouring of grief from journalists and others who had worked with Baker.

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