‘Charismatic TV presenter’ of 'Top Gear' Sue Baker dead at 67 due to motor neurone disease

Sue Baker was one of the first presenters of BBC's ‘Top Gear’ as she did 22 series of the chat show

‘Charismatic TV presenter’ of 'Top Gear' Sue Baker dead at 67 due to motor neurone disease
Sue Baker, one of the first hosts of BBC's 'Top Gear', died on November 14 due to motor neurone disease (carscribe/Twitter)
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LONDON, UK: Sue Baker, who was one of the first people to present BBC’s ‘Top Gear’, has died. Baker was 67 when she reportedly died on Monday, November 14. It has been said that she was suffering from motor neurone disease.

A statement from her family read, “It is with 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, and a wonderful mother-in-law to Lucy. She passed at home this morning with family around her. She was 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,” according to The Independent.

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“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,” it added. As per reports, Baker had worked in 22 series of ‘Top Gear’ for over a decade before leaving it in 1991. She then went on to start the Motor Racing News Service. The TV icon also served as the vice president of The Guild of Motoring Writers. 

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After her death, the association tweeted, “We are deeply saddened to learn our vice-president and former chair, @carscribe Sue Baker, passed away this morning following a long illness. Sue was a pioneer for women in automotive journalism and a former presenter of @BBC_TopGear.”

“Really sorry to hear this. Sue was an absolute pleasure on events, and so welcoming and approachable as an industry newbie. My condolences to her family, she will be sorely missed,” Alex Grant, Welsh freelance motoring journalist, tweeted. Writer Matt Bishop tweeted, “This is very sad. Sue Baker was a pioneer among motoring journalists who was very friendly to me when I was a newcomer on car launches & the like. #RIPSueBaker.”

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Author Giles Chapman wrote, “I must echo others on here today in paying tribute to Sue Baker @carscribe who sadly died today. Proper old school journo yet always kind and generous to colleagues, especially newcomers. A rare trait indeed.”

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Several others also remembered Baker as a user stated, “So many memories - of Top Gear, the live shows we presented for various companies, and of  her co-operation in projects for the production company. Lovely lady - a star!!” Another user tweeted, “Such an awful loss but Sue led ab amazing life as a great driver, writer and mentor to so many. All of us at Ford will miss her wonderful presence on launches and our love and best wishes go to her family and friends at this time.”

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A fan noted, “So sad to hear this. Sue was part of so many of our formative years of car TV. I was lucky enough to spend some time w. her on a Kia launch some years ago, and she was utterly lovely. Thoughts are w. her family.” “To you all, I will miss her terribly..just as I still miss John and his fund of stories and experiences. Sue and I met about 40 years ago and she was always a dear friend and a hugely valued colleague. Deepest sympathy.” a second one added.

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