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Sad end to search for celebrity doctor who made the world a healthier place

Dr Michael Mosley has been described as a “brilliant science broadcaster” who was able to make the “most complex subjects simple”.

Television doctor and author Michael Mosleys's was found after a four-day search of a Greek Island. (ABC image).

Television doctor and author Michael Mosleys's was found after a four-day search of a Greek Island. (ABC image).

 

The body of the 67-year-old TV doctor, columnist and author has been found on the Greek island of Symi after a four day search.

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”.

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“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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