Dr Michael Mosley's poignant action before he died is revealed

Dr Michael Mosley
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The body of Dr Michael Mosley, who died on the Greek island of Symi, was found lying on a rock with his legs raised, suggesting he was following NHS advice to prevent fainting. The 67-year-old diet expert had taken off his rucksack and chosen a shaded spot by a wall for his rest.

After disappearing mysteriously from the island, his body was discovered in a rocky area near Agia Marina beach on Sunday, following his reported disappearance on Wednesday. He was just a short walk away from the beach. Rhodes coroner Despina Nethena has reportedly stated that the condition of the body, due to extreme heat accelerating decomposition, had made it impossible to determine a cause of death so far.

Greek police spokeswoman, Konstantia Dimoglidou, told the BBC that an initial post-mortem examination showed no signs of injury on his body. She estimated the time of death to be around 4pm local time on Wednesday, after he had left his friends at Agios Nikolaos beach at around 1.30pm for a stroll. For the latest Welsh news delivered to your inbox sign up to our newsletter

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Dimoglidou further explained that the position of his body suggested he died of natural causes and added that further toxicology and histology reports were pending, reports OK!.

CCTV footage from an Agia Marina beach bar appears to show the telly doctor ascending a rocky incline nearby a fence before vanishing out of sight.

Emergency services on a boat at Agia Marina in Symi
Emergency services on a boat at Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, during the search for Michael Mosley -Credit:PA

Dr Saleyha Ahsan, who starred alongside Mosley on Trust Me, I'm A Doctor, conveyed her tribute for her "mentor and friend" on BBC Breakfast. Dr Ahsan shared: "The way that I got to know him on screen, that really personable, accessible character that he comes across on television, that's exactly how he was in real life and how he was with me."

She continued: "He instantly put me at ease, settled me down, and we got on with the job. And I forgot about the cameras and the lights, we just had a really good conversation. He just had this ability to break down the complex and make it accessible to all."

Calypso Haggett, The Fast 800 weight-loss programme's chief executive, a fasting diet popularised by Mosley, lauded him as a "shining light for the whole team" indicating his "incredible legacy" would "energise a continuous movement for better health".