Motor-racing legend Sir Stirling Moss dies aged 90 following long illness

Motor-racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90 following a long illness.

Recognised as one of the greatest drivers of all time, Moss won 212 of his 529 races but was also known as the best driver never to win a Formula One title.

"He died as he lived, looking wonderful," his wife Lady Moss said. "He simply tired in the end and he just closed his beautiful eyes and that was that."

"It was one lap too many.

In his seven seasons he won 16 races and the closest Moss came to winning the drivers' championship was in 1958, when he lost out on becoming Britain's first world champion to Mike Hawthorn by a point, despite winning four races to the Ferrari driver's one.

Indeed, he finished runner-up four times between 1955 and 1961 and was forced to retire after a serious accident at Goodwood in April 1962 when his Lotus crashed into a grass bank.

The accident put Moss in a coma for a month and the left side of his body was paralysed for six months.

He later made a return in one-off events before making a regular return to competitive racing in 1980 in the British Saloon Car Championship.

He finally called a complete halt on his driving career in 2011 at the remarkable age of 81.

Ten years ago, Moss broke both ankles and four bones in his foot when he fell down a lift shaft at his home.

He was then admitted to hospital in Singapore in 2016 with a serious chest infection and two years later announced his retirement from public life.

Former heavyweight world champion Frank Bruno was among the first to pay tribute.

He said:  "I am very saddened to hear the passing of Sir Stirling Moss. He privately supported me
over many years and was an amazing driver in his time, he will be greatly missed.

"My thoughts are with his family and all that had the pleasure of knowing him".

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