Dr Michael Mosley’s legacy hailed after search ends in tragedy

Dr Michael Mosley has been described as a “brilliant science broadcaster” after the 67-year-old TV doctor’s body was found on the Greek island of Symi after a four day search.

Jun 10, 2024, updated Jun 10, 2024
The body of Dr Michael Mosley was found after a four day search. Photo: AAP

The body of Dr Michael Mosley was found after a four day search. Photo: AAP

“It’s devastating to have lost Michael, my wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband. We had an incredibly lucky life together. We loved each other very much,” Mosley’s wife said in a statement issued on her behalf.

Police said the body of a person believed to be Mosley had been found in the area of Agia Marina, north of the village of Pedi and opposite the northeast beach of Agios Nikolaos where Mosley set out for his walk last week.

“It is certainly him,” said deputy mayor Nikitas Grillis, pending formal identification of the body, which was found on rocky terrain, close to the sea and near a beach bar.

The body was transferred to the neighbouring Dodecanese island of Rhodes for more tests after a police official said a coroner at the scene excluded any criminal act but could not determine the exact cause of death.

Symi mayor Lefteris Papakalodoukas said the discovery was made after he and others, including journalists from state TV channel ERT, filmed the area from a vessel.

“We analysed the recorded evidence and it was obvious that it was, unfortunately, Mosley,” Papakalodoukas said.

“He was found 10 metres away from the sea, 10-15 metres from his destination, the beach of Agia Marina, between a fence and a path,” adding that it was unclear what had happened.

ERT reported that Mosley was found lying face up, with his head on a rock.

Mosley, who was on holiday with his wife, was last seen alive at 1.30pm on Wednesday.

Mosley first trained as a doctor before moving in to the world of media, presenting a host of programs for the BBC and Channel 4 as well as writing a regular column for the Daily Mail and a number of books.

During his career with the BBC, he presented programs including the series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, which looked at healthcare in Britain, and the BBC Radio 4 podcast Just One Thing.

He also carried out many unusual experiments on himself within these shows, including eating a black pudding made with his own blood and injecting snake venom to see how his blood clotted in the BBC documentary The Wonderful World Of Blood.

The BBC’s chief content officer Charlotte Moore said staff at the broadcaster were “deeply saddened” by the news and sent their support to his family and friends.

She added: “He was a brilliant science broadcaster and program maker, able to make the most complex subjects simple, but he was also passionate about engaging and entertaining audiences, inspiring us all to live a healthier, fuller life.

Andrew Cohen, head of BBC Studios’ science unit, said his death left “a huge hole” for the people who “had the privilege of working with” him and to those who “loved watching and listening to him”.

“His contribution to audiences around the world is unparalleled as one of the very finest science communicators, as a brilliant program maker and a unique presenter”, he added.

Ted Verity, editor of Mail Newspapers, said Mosley was a “unique and unmissable columnist” and as “electrifying” in person as he was in print and on TV.

He also feels the insights he provided on health have “extended, and even saved, the lives of countless readers”.

“Michael was also extremely kind, not hesitating to be one of the first to offer his home as sanctuary to a Ukrainian family.

“And he always spoke with enormous love and warmth of his wife Clare, his co-author on many projects, and four children Alexander, Jack, Daniel and Katherine. Our hearts go out to them all.”

In recent years, Mosley made programs for Channel 4, including a weight loss show called Lose A Stone In 21 Days With Michael Mosley and examined why the UK is losing its battle with obesity after 30 years of government schemes trying to tackle the issue in Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat?

The broadcaster shared its condolences to his family, saying he was “passionate about using his medical knowledge to help the nation live healthily”.

“We are proud of the inspiring and engaging programs he made for us and feel privileged to have worked with him. Michael will be greatly missed by both colleagues and viewers”, Channel 4 said.

During his career, MosleyBroad published many books including The Fast Diet, which he co-wrote with journalist Mimi Spencer about the 5:2 diet, a form of intermittent fasting.

The managing editor of Mosley’s publisher, Octopus Publishing Group, remembered him as a “brilliant, warm, funny and kind man”.

Anna Bond added: “He dedicated his time to educating and empowering millions across the world to live longer, healthier lives and his powerful legacy is a gift that will live on”.

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