Sue Baker dies aged 75: Tributes pour in for former Top Gear presenter

Tributes have poured in for the former Top Gear presenter Sue Baker who has died aged 75 after battling motor neurone disease.
Tributes have poured in for the former Top Gear presenter Sue Baker who has died aged 75 after battling motor neurone disease.

The 1980s legend died with family around her on Monday morning.

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Tributes have poured in for the former Top Gear presenter Sue Baker who has died aged 75 after battling motor neurone disease.

The 1980s legend died with family around her on Monday morning.

Baker presented Series four of Top Gear in the 80s and featured in over 100 episodes until she quit in 1991, her role was taken over by Jeremy Clarkson.

The 1980s legend died with family around her on Monday morning.
The 1980s legend died with family around her on Monday morning.

After Top Gear, she set up the Motor Racing News Service which was bases in Kent.

She was simultaneously the Observer’s motoring editor for 13 years.

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.

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

The family described her as a "talented and prolific writer, a charismatic TV presenter, and a passionate animal lover".

They finished: "[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. Thank you to everyone who has supported her over the last few years as she battled with MND.”

Baker presented Series four of Top Gear in the 80s and featured in over 100 episodes until she quit in 1991, her role was taken over by Jeremy Clarkson.
Baker presented Series four of Top Gear in the 80s and featured in over 100 episodes until she quit in 1991, her role was taken over by Jeremy Clarkson.

Top Gear said: “The entire Top Gear team are very saddened to hear about Sue. She was an exceptional motoring journalist and a much-loved former presenter of the show. Our thoughts are with Sue’s family and friends at this time.”

Top Gear presenter Chris Harris shared his sadness, saying: “Very sad to hear that Sue Baker has passed away. She was part of the Top Gear team that got me hooked on cars in the 80s. She was a natural presenter and clearly loved cars.”

Twitter users replied to the post, shared by her family, with one user Nick Connor saying: “That’s very sad news. Top Gear then was part of my childhood, Sue, Chris and William. RIP.”