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Published Time: 09.06.2024 - 15:04:52 Modified Time: 09.06.2024 - 15:04:52

Dr Bailey Mosley said: "We had an incredibly lucky life together. Michael Mosley


Dr Bailey Mosley said: "We had an incredibly lucky life together.

"We loved each other very much and were so happy together."

She said she was incredibly proud of of her children and had been "hugely comforted by the outpouring of love from around the world".

Tributes have been pouring in to the broadcaster and author.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC's chief content officer, said: "He was a brilliant science broadcaster and programme maker, able to make the most complex subjects simple, but he was also passionate engaging and entertaining audiences, inspiring us all to live a healthier, fuller life."

And Dr Saleyha Ahsan, co-presenter on Trust Me, I'm A Doctor, told BBC News he was a "national treasure" and a "hugely talented" man.

She also praised his "passion for explaining science to a wider audience", adding he made it "accessible to anyone and everyone, not just a niche scientific crowd".

Professor Brian Cox said Dr Mosley was a "mentor" to other science presenters.

The Soho Agency, which represented Dr Mosley, said he was a "wise, wonderful and lovely man".

Some BBC News readers have also been sending tributes praising his impact.

Judith, a teacher from Salisbury, said she has used some of Dr Mosley's documentaries to teach GCSE History for the last 16 years.

"He is a History teacher's best friend, and I am not sure if he ever knew it," she said.

Sue said Dr Mosley helped her "get through Covid - just listening to his broadcasts".

"I wish I could have thanked him personally," she added.

"We are all the richer for having him in our lives."

Dr Mosley was reported missing after he left Agios Nikolaos beach to set off on a walk at 13:30 local time (11:30 BST) on Wednesday.

CCTV footage showed he had walked to the other side of the bay in intense heat and across rocky terrain.

"We’re taking comfort in the fact that he so very nearly made it," his wife said in her statement.

"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," she continued.

She also thanked the "extraordinary" on Symi who worked "tirelessly" to find her husband.

Symi's mayor Eleftherios Papakalodouka said the body was found as teams were searching the coastline.

A bar manager found the body, PA news agency reported, after the island's mayor "saw something" by the fence of the bar and alerted staff.

A police source told BBC News the deceased had been dead "for a number of days".

Dr Mosleywas found next to a fence around 30 minutes walk from the village of Pedi where he was last seen. A coroner has examined the body.

Greek authorities had been conducting an extensive search for Dr Mosley amid high temperatures.

A police officer apparently broke his leg as the body was being recovered.

Dr Mosley studied medicine in London and qualified as a doctor, and for the lasttwodecades was working as a presenter, documentary maker, journalist and author.

He was known for his TV programmes including Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, and BBC Radio 4's Just One Thing podcast.

Dr Mosley was also known for popularising the 5:2 and the Fast 800 diets, which advocate intermittent fasting and low-carbohydrate meals.

His diets attracted a lot of attention in the past, both for their methods and scientific accuracy.

Wednesday 1330 local time (11:30 BST) - Dr Michael Mosley leaves Agios Nikolaos beach and sets off on a walk

1350 - He is seen on CCTV in Pedi

1357 - He is seen again at Pedi's marina heading north-east

Thursday 1115 - Police inform request assistance from the Greek fire department

1400 - Greek fire services, with firefighters and a drone team, arrive in Symi

1900 - Helicopter deployed to assist search

Friday - Divers join the search in the water around Symi

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