Widow of TV doctor who died on Greek island reveals plan to continue his work


The widow of Dr Michael Mosley has posted an emotional tribute to him – and revealed plans to continue the work that gave him “such a sense of purpose”.

Mosley, a TV doctor and health expert, went missing while on holiday with his wife Clare on the Greek island of Symi on 5 June.

The 67-year-old’s body was found five days later in a rocky area of the island.

In a post on Instagram, Clare Bailey Mosley – who is also a doctor – wrote: “Thank you all for your wonderfully supportive messages. The outpouring of love from so many people has meant a huge amount to me and my family.

“I’m going to be quiet for a while. I’m sure you will understand. But I will be back here soon. I very much want to continue with the work that gave Michael and myself so much joy and such a sense of purpose.

“Once more thank you so much for respecting my family’s privacy so kindly.

“Michael was an amazing man. Thank you for seeing that too. We miss him so much.”

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Greek police have said Mosley died of natural causes.

CCTV footage appeared to show him falling over close to where his body was found and no one else was with him.

Mosley first trained as a doctor before moving into the world of broadcasting, presenting a host of science programmes and films on the BBC including the series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, which looked at healthcare in Britain.

He is credited with popularising the 5:2 diet, a form of intermittent fasting, through his book The Fast Diet which he co-authored with journalist Mimi Spencer, and later advocating for The Fast 800 diet, which follows a “moderately low-carb, Mediterranean-style diet”.

In 2002, he was nominated for an Emmy for his executive producer role on BBC science documentary The Human Face, and he also ingested tapeworms for six weeks for a 2014 documentary called Infested! Living With Parasites.

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