Sue Baker: ‘Pioneering’ Top Gear presenter dies aged 67 after battle with motor neurone disease | Ents & Arts News

Sue Baker, one of the original hosts of BBC’s Top Gear, has died aged 67.

Baker, who joined the series in 1980, died Monday morning of motor neurone disease (MND).

A statement from Baker’s family said: “It is with great sadness that we share the news of Sue’s passing. A loving mother to Ian and Hannah, a loving grandmother to Tom & George, and a wonderful mother-in-law to Lucy.

“She passed the house this morning with her family around her.

“She’s a gifted and prolific writer, a charismatic TV host, and an avid animal lover.

“She had a life and career that many would envy, but she did it all with such grace that she was admired and respected by everyone who knew her. We know her. It means a lot to a lot of people.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported her over the past few years as she battles the MND.”

After leaving the show in 1991, she continued to work as a motorcycle reporter.

She is credited with creating and running the Motor Racing News Service and was the Observer’s automotive editor for 13 years.

The Automotive Writers Association, of which Baker is vice president and former president, said on Twitter: “Sue is a pioneer for women in automotive journalism.”


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