Dr Michael Mosley: Tributes pour in for ‘national treasure’ TV doctor, as wife says he ‘so very nearly made it’ | Ents & Arts News

June 10, 2024
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Tributes have poured in for “brilliant and utterly charming” TV doctor Michael Mosely, as his wife described him as a “wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband”.

Mosley was last seen on Wednesday, after he went for a walk on his own from Saint Nikolas Beach in the centre of the Greek island of Symi, but he disappeared, triggering a search.

His body was found on Sunday by a camera crew, close to a cave complex beside Agia Marina, around 10m from the sea.

His wife Dr Clare Mosley said she took comfort from the fact “he so very nearly made it”, as tributes poured in for the doctor who made popular the 5:2 diet and championed public health.

‘A wonderfully sweet, kind and gentle man’

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A drone view shows rescuers transfering the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley, which was found after he had been missing, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, June 9, 2024. REUTERS/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
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A drone shows rescuers transporting the body of the popular TV doctor. Pic: Reuters

Mosley’s co-presenter on Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, Dr Saleyha Ahsan, described him as “a national treasure” as the BBC, who he was known for working for, said he would be “hugely missed”.

Dr Ahsan told Sky News: “He had this talent to engage. It wasn’t just the celebrity status, it was because there was trust.

“He lived and breathed his work. He was an inspiration. I hate even saying ‘was’ – is an inspiration.”

Meanwhile, the BBC’s chief content officer Charlotte Moore said: “His entertaining and accessible style was enjoyed by audiences around the world and he will be hugely missed by many people not least those fortunate enough to have worked with him at the BBC.”

Mosley made regular appearances on Morning Live and The One Show and worked on programmes including Medical Mavericks, Eat Fast Live Longer, Inside Michael Mosley, The Young Ones and Trust Me, I’m a Doctor.

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Tributes poured in from across British television and beyond, with Channel 4, who he also worked with, releasing statements along with Carol Vorderman, Jeremy Vine and more.

TV presenter Kaye Adams, who says she interviewed Michael Mosley “countless times over the years”, said “we really have lost one of the good guys”.

Roy Taylor, a physician and diabetologist who worked with Mosley on tackling type two diabetes, told Sky News: “Michael was a real one-off.”

TV chef Jamie Oliver, like several others, acknowledged the work Mosley did for public health, saying he “changed the conversation around many public health issues for the better”.

“What a wonderfully sweet, kind and gentle man he was,” Oliver added,

Speaking to Sky News, Phil Hammond, who worked on the BBC2 series Trust Me I’m A Doctor with Mosley, said he still “can’t quite believe he’s gone”.

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Dr Phil Hammond was one of many who paid tribute to Dr Mosley

Professor Alice Roberts, who also worked with Mosley on a number of programmes, described meeting up with him at Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye just two weeks ago.

She added: “I can’t believe he’s gone. My thoughts are with his bereaved family.”

Mosley’s death was felt outside the world of television as former deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson said it was “hard to describe how upset I am by this news”.

In a statement on X, he said: “Through courageous, science-based journalism, Michael Mosley has helped thousands of people get well and healthy. I’m one of them.

“He was a hero to me. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

After losing about seven stone, Mr Watson said in an interview that Mosley’s The Fast Diet book was part of his weight-loss regime.

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Michael Mosley’s body found in Greece

A number of national newspapers kicked Monday off, leading on the news of Mosley’s death and his wife’s tribute to him.

‘So very nearly made it’

In a touching statement, Mosley’s wife, Dr Clare Bailey Mosley, said it was “devastating” to have lost him but she took comfort from how close to safety he had been when he died.

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She said: “I don’t know quite where to begin with this. 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 and were so happy together. I am incredibly proud of our children, their resilience and support over the past days.

“My family and I have been hugely comforted by the outpouring of love from people from around the world. It’s clear that Michael meant a huge amount to so many of you.

“We’re taking comfort in the fact that he so very nearly made it.

“He did an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn’t be easily seen by the extensive search team.

“Michael was an adventurous man, it’s part of what made him so special. We are so grateful to the extraordinary people on Symi who have worked tirelessly to help find him.

“Some of these people on the island, who hadn’t even heard of Michael, worked from dawn till dusk unasked. We’re also very grateful to the press who have dealt with us with great respect.

“I feel so lucky to have our children and my amazing friends. Most of all, I feel so lucky to have had this life with Michael.

“Thank you all.”

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