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Legendary Australian race promoter Ron Walker has passed away at the age of 78.

Walker was responsible for bringing the Australian Grand Prix to Melbourne in 1996, and he was the head of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation until he retired in 2015.

He was also the chairman of the Formula 1 Promoters’ Association until he retired.

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted his condolences to Walker and his family.

Related: Racing community is in mourning after driver dies in terrible on-track wreck

Others on social media also offered their condolences following Walker’s passing.

Our thoughts go out to his family.

(h/t ESPN)

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