Michael Mosley's epiphany from father's future left him worried about the future

Dr Michael Mosley
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Dr Michael Mosley previously shared that a 'warning from history' at his father's funeral left him fearful for the future. The renowned TV star was found dead at the age of 67 over the weekend, following an extensive search on the Greek island of Symi.

He had been reported missing on Wednesday during a blistering Mediterranean heatwave, last seen going for a walk. Dr Mosley was found dead on Sunday in a rocky area near Agia Marina beach.

He was celebrated for presenting numerous science programmes and films which delved into healthcare in Britain, often using his own body for experimental purposes. Just months prior to his tragic passing, he disclosed that his motivation to maintain his health was rooted in his own father's death.

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In 2016, Dr Mosley also reflected on the loss of his dad, who developed diabetes in his 50s. His father passed away from "unrelated heart failure several years after the operation" to remove his prostate following a blood test that revealed elevated PSA levels.

When questioned if his father's death inspired him to conduct his many experiments, Dr Mosley responded: "Yes, without a doubt," reports the Irish Mirror.

"Particularly his funeral. His friends said how much like him I was, so he was kind of a warning from history," he told The Guardian. "I do think, on the whole, that genetics are not destiny and you can do something about it." He said that no male in his family "has made it beyond 72".

Dr Mosley shared that he believes he is "a lot healthier" than his father because he hadn't "followed the same path he did". The TV doctor explained, earlier this year, his drive to maintain good health was rooted in his own father's premature death, lamenting that his dad "hadn't seen his grandkids grow up".

"I thought, 'that's not a road I want to go down'. My dad, when he retired, basically sat on the sofa and watched sport and that was incredibly bad for him," Dr Mosley confided to The Telegraph. Authorities have since confirmed that Dr Mosley died of "natural causes", with a coroner in Rhodes asserting no foul play was involved in his Wednesday passing.

The renowned presenter adhered to routine medical advice set out by the NHS - laying down with legs elevated, a position known to prevent fainting spells. He had been mid-way through a hike on the island of Symi when he started feeling ill.

Having departed from friends at Agios Nikolaos beach around 1.30pm for a stroll, footage uncovered at an Agia Marina beach bar shows what seems to be the TV doctor trekking down a rocky descent near a fence before disappearing from view.

Dr Clare Bailey Mosley, wife of the late Dr Mosley, has released a heartfelt statement following his tragic passing. She 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. My family and I have been hugely comforted by the outpouring of love from people from around the world ."

She continued: "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. 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.

"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."