Tom Watson devastated after body found in search for his 'hero' Michael Mosley

Former deputy Labour leader Tom Watson said it was "hard to describe" his upset he was after a body was found in the hunt for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley. Mr Watson, who was the MP for West Bromwich East from 2001 until 2019, had hoped his "hero" would be "found safe".

A major search-and-rescue operation was launched on the Greek island of Symi after the 67-year-old vanished on Wednesday, June 5. A body was discovered in a rocky area beside Agia Marina as the mission entered its fifth day today, Sunday, June 9.

The mayor of the island said it was assumed Dr Mosley had died after falling around ten metres (32ft) from a cliff into the ocean. It is believed the body had been there for several days.

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As the news broke, Mr Watson took to X to share his thoughts. He wrote: "It's hard to describe how upset I am by this news. Through courageous, science-based journalism, Michael Mosley has helped thousands of people get well and healthy. I'm one of them. He was a hero to me. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Both Mr Watson and Dr Mosley managed to beat type 2 diabetes, with the pair once making a virtual appearance on ITV This Morning to explain to then-hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford how they did it.

Dr Mosley said he'd managed to reverse it in 2012 by following the 5:2 diet and losing 9kg. Watson said he'd followed the work of Dr Mosley - making nutritional changes and cutting out sugar and leading a more active life - branding him a "lifesaver".