Dr Michael Mosley's heartbreaking words about dying early before tragic death at 67

Dr Michael Mosley
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Dr Michael Mosley opened up about his fear of "dying early" like his father in one of his last interviews before his tragic death. The body of the beloved TV doctor known for his work on numerous BBC science programmes and films was found on the weekend.

He was found in a rocky area near Agia Marina beach on the Greek island of Symi following an extensive search after he was reported missing. Before his death, he revealed his motivation to stay healthy, which was largely influenced by his father's death at 74.

Mosley revealed that his father "hadn't seen his grandkids grow up", a path he did not wish to follow. The father-of-four also disclosed that his father developed diabetes in his 50s, a diagnosis he himself received later in life.


"My dad, when he retired, basically sat on the sofa and watched sport and that was incredibly bad for him," Dr Mosley told the Telegraph.

He further shared that his father died of "unrelated heart failure several years after the operation" to remove his prostate following a blood test that detected elevated PSA levels. After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012, Dr Mosley made significant changes to his diet.

Since news of his death broke, tributes have been flooding in for the respected TV doctor. Dr Sarah Jarvis, who worked alongside Mosley on The One Show since his start in the original line-up in 2007, paid homage to his influential career. "Michael was absolutely charming," she said on The One Show, reports the Mirror.

"He was funny, he was clever, but what really came across was that he had this ability to communicate and he wanted to get important messages out. That man touched so many lives. He took really complicated science, then he turned it into something that resonated with everybody.

"And he said that by using himself as a guinea pig, he could make more difference than many doctors make in a lifetime. The ideas that he first brought out, he helped bring into the mainstream of health are now there and they continue to make a difference to the quality of people's lives."

Dr Chris van Tulleken, who appeared with Mosley on Trust Me, I'm A Doctor, praised him as "one of the most important broadcasters of the last few decades, perhaps ever". On The One Show, Alex Jones expressed her sorrow, saying: "His death has been felt by millions of people all around the world who regarded him as their doctor. It's still very hard to grasp what's happened, I think everybody feels that... It's an absolute shock."