Chris Hilton, the former sportswriter with the Daily Express, has died.
Hilton, the author of more than 60 books, many of them on motor sport, was on a working visit to Germany when he died in Berlin at the weekend. He was 65.
Hilton had begun his career in journalism at The Journal in Newcastle, and then worked at the Express‘s offices in Manchester before moving to London in the mid-1970s when recruited by then sports editor Ken Lawrence to cover Formula 1.
Hilton was a key member of the sports desk editing staff, as well as covering ice skating for the paper during the period when Torvill and Dean were winning world and Olympic ice dance titles.
For the past two decades after leaving the Express, Hilton has freelanced, especially in F1 and writing his books, including biographies of Ayrton Senna, James Hunt and Michael Schumacher, as well as a novel. As recently as last month, his latest book, about F1 team leader Ross Brawn, was published.
Chris Hilton leaves a wife, Jean, and daughter.
Details of the funeral arrangements will be posted on sportsjournalists.co.uk as soon as they become available.