Tributes paid to 'national treasure' doctor Michael Mosley after star's body discovered on Greek island

Michael Mosley and his wife Clare
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Tributes have poured in honouring ‘national treasure’ doctor Michael Mosley following the announcement of his death.

On Sunday, Michael’s wife, doctor Clare Mosley confirmed her husband had died. Michael, familiar to viewers of This Morning, had been missing since he vanished on the Greek island of Symi.

After he disappeared on Wednesday, an extensive search started. Sadly, Michael’s body was discovered on Sunday. Confirming the heartbreaking news, Clare released an emotional statement.

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She said: "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. It's clear that Michael meant a huge amount to so many of you."

Since news of Michael’s death, many tributes have been paid to him by fans and colleagues. Speaking to BBC News, doctor Saleyha Ahsan said: “Michael’s a national treasure and he’s so personable.”

She recalled how Mosley put her ‘to ease’ while she was doing an on-camera audition for the BBC series which looked at health care in Britain. Dr Ahsan said: “I can now appreciate that’s a one-off, not everyone is able to make other people feel so at ease with lights and cameras in front of them.

“But then to forget about all of that and just to focus on the science, on the story, on the message that we’re trying to get out, is such a talented man, hugely talented.”

She also praised his “passion for explaining science to a wider audience”, adding: “Making it accessible to anyone and everyone, not just a niche scientific crowd, but to everyone.”

Academic and broadcaster Alice Roberts shared three pictures on social media with Michael Mosley, with whom she first worked with on her 2009 TV series Human Journey.

Prof Roberts wrote: “The fragility of life is so shocking. “I’ve known Michael Mosley for many years – as a TV producer specialising in science and medicine. He was the executive producer of my 2009 series Human Journey. When he started presenting as well as producing, we made several science programmes together.

“And we met up at Hay Festival just two-weeks-ago.I can’t believe he’s gone. My thoughts are with his bereaved family.”

Tom Watson, the former deputy leader of the Labour Party, described Michael Mosley as a hero.

“It’s hard to describe how upset I am by this news,” Mr Watson said, posting X. “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.”

You can read further tributes here.

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