Stirling Moss, widely considered to be the greatest driver never to have won the world championship in Formula One, has died at his home in England following a long illness. His wife, Susie, confirmed the news Easter morning.
Between 1951 and 1961, Moss won 16 of 66 Formula One races. Four times he was runner-up for the championship, including 1958 when he would have won the title but gave testimony that overturned a decision to disqualify Mike Hawthorn from a victory in Portugal and thus handed the title to his fellow racer.
Moss famously set a record in winning the Mille Miglia in 1955 in a Mercedes-Benz 300SLR with navigator Denis Jenkinson. During a career in which he raced in more than 100 different vehicles in a variety of forms of competition — including a speed record at Bonneville — Moss won 212 of the 529 races in which he competed.
Moss, 90, retired from competition after a crash in 1962 and since then had been a global ambassador for motorsports.
“He died as he lived, looking wonderful,” Susie Moss told the Daily Mail newspaper.
“It was one lap too many,” she added. “He simply tired at the end and he just closed his beautiful eyes and that was that.”
In 2010, at the age of 80, he fell three stories down an elevator shaft at his home and sustained broken ankles, feet and damage to his back. In 2016, he suffered from a chest infection while visiting Singapore and was hospitalized at the time for several months. He retired from public events in early 2018 because of health issues.