RIPIn Italy he butted heads with the local mafia. In South Africa he fell out with the white denizens of the local polo club when he allowed black squatters to live on his property. When they painted a warning in red on his fence that read: “Beware, Mr Baker” he amended it to: “Beware of Mr Baker”.
Whatever life threw at him, he threw it back with twice as much force. “It’s been an amazing rollercoaster ride,” he said. “I’ve lost everything many times. A lot of people would have just given up.” On a point of principle he never did.
I was listening to the radio yesterday to Johnnie Walker and as usual at on the hour news break he has a chat with the lady news reader and she said she met him at some awards do and even though she knew him from his younger days he was quite different and they been chatting and thenA true legend, while famously a very 'volatile' character.