BBC show pays tribute to Dr Michael Mosley after tragic death

The One Show paid tribute to Dr Michael Mosley on Monday
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BBC's The One Show has paid tribute to their former presenter Dr Michael Mosley following the tragic news of his death. Dr Mosley, who was also well-known for his segments on This Morning and his work on BBC Radio 4's Just One Thing, was last seen alive on the Greek island of Symi, enjoying a holiday with his wife, Dr Clare Bailey.

The 67-year-old went missing after he left for a solo walk around 1.30 pm on Wednesday (June 5) and was sadly found deceased on Sunday (June 9) reports the Mirror.

On today's episode (Monday) of The One Show, hosted by Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas, the team took a moment to honour their late colleague. At the beginning of the show, Alex made a heartfelt statement, followed by tributes from other past colleagues.

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Alex announced: "Good evening. We're starting tonight's show with the sad news that we've lost a dear friend and colleague. Dr Michael Mosley was part of the original line-up of One Show reporters, who made his first appearance in 2007, and he's been a familiar presence on the show ever since.

Jermaine continued the tribute, saying: "We've already had hundreds of messages from you sharing what a difference he made to your lives. Do please keep them coming and we'll read some of them out a bit later in the show. We'll also be joined by Dr Chris Van Tulleken and Dr Hannah Fry, who'll be sharing their memories of working with Michael."

Dr Sarah Jarvis paid a heartfelt tribute to her former colleague during the episode, saying: "Michael was absolutely charming. He was funny. He was clever."

She also highlighted his passion for communication and health education by adding: "But what really came across was that he had this ability to communicate and he wanted to get important messages out."

Alex, visibly moved, reflected on the show: "It's still very hard to grasp what's happened, I think everybody feels that, don't they? [...] It's an absolute shock."

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Dr Chris fondly remembered Michael, noting: "I think anyone who watched Michael would know that he was kind of kind and generous on-screen but when he was not on screen that was exactly who he was as well."

Dr Hannah emphasised the impact Michael had behind the scenes, stating: "I cannot tell you how many people, not just on-screen, but off-screen too, whose careers this man helped. [...] On-screen and off-screen [he was] exactly the same person."

In closing remarks, Alex said: "He will be sorely missed but Michael's legacy will live on. And of course, we send our condolences to Michael's wife Clare, his children and his wider family."

In a heartfelt tribute made on social media, the One Show said: "Everyone at the One Show is deeply saddened to hear about our friend and colleague Dr Michael Mosley. He was a much loved and hugely respected member of our original team, making frequent appearances over the years both presenting science films for us and also in the studio, most recently back in February with his wife Clare talking about their joint theatre tour. Our thoughts are very much with Clare and their four children at this extremely difficult time."

The beloved presenter went missing from the island of Symi in Greece earlier this month, instigating fear amongst his fans and friends. He decided to go for a walk alone around 1.30pm on Wednesday, and when he had not returned by 7.30pm, the police initiated a search operation.

Locals were involved in an intense three-day search for him as they combed through his potential walking route near St Nicholas Beach after his wife Clare flagged his absence.

Further investigations led to a network of caves locally recognised as 'The Abyss', where a body was reportedly discovered by the search team on Sunday morning. Ongoing reports suggest that a formal identification has since taken place.

Dr Michael Mosley poses for a photo at the ICC Sydney
The One Show paid tribute to Dr Michael Mosley on Monday's episode -Credit:Getty Images

Dr Clare Bailey Mosley confirmed the tragic news of her husband's death, describing it as "devastating". In a heartfelt statement, Dr Bailey Mosley 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."

She continued to express gratitude for the global support: "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."

Reflecting on her husband's adventurous spirit, she added: "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."

Dr Bailey Mosley also thanked the media for their respectful coverage: "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."