John Surtees is the only man to win world championships in Motorcycle Grands Prix and Formula One. Surtees started 49 Motorcycle Grands Prix taking 38 victories to win three 350cc world titles and four 500cc world titles between 1955 to 1960. He won the 1964 Formula One World Championship in a Ferrari. In recent years he has devoted his efforts in charity work with the Henry Surtees Foundation. Surtees is survived by his wife Jane and daughters Leonora and Edwina.
A statement on the Henry Surtees Foundation website reads:
"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our husband and father, John Surtees CBE.
"John, 83, was admitted to St Georges Hospital, London in February with an existing respiratory condition and after a short period in intensive care he passed away peacefully this afternoon. His wife, Jane and daughters, Leonora and Edwina were by his side.
"John was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He was also one of the true greats of motorsport and continued to work tirelessly up until recently with The Henry Surtees Foundation and Buckmore Park Kart Circuit.
"We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life. He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end.
"We would like to thank all the staff at St George's Hospital and The East Surrey Hospital for their professionalism and support during this difficult time for us. Thank you also to all of those who have sent their kind messages in recent weeks."
MTD Racing News extends its condolences to the family and friends of Surtees.