How inspirational TV doctor Michael Mosley changed millions of lives for the better, respect the gentleman

June 10, 2024

Dad-of-four Dr Mosley was a tireless health and diets campaigner and regularly appeared on The One Show and This Morning

TELLY chef Jamie Oliver led tributes to TV doctor Michael Mosley, who was hailed for changing ­millions of dieters’ lives for the better through his inspirational work.

The body of Dr Mosley, 67, was found on the Greek island of Symi yesterday, four days after his wife Clare reported him missing.

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Dr Michael Mosley prepares a drink for one of his shows
Dr Michael Mosley prepares a drink for one of his showsCredit: BBC
Michael with wife Clare on This Morning
Michael with wife Clare on This MorningCredit: Rex
Dr Mosley gets a leech on his arm for a show
Dr Mosley gets a leech on his arm for a showCredit: BBC
Michael holing loaves of mouldy bread
Michael holing loaves of mouldy breadCredit: BBC
A young Michael with his father Bill
A young Michael with his father Bill

Naked Chef star Jamie, 49, called the news “absolutely devastating” and described him as a “wonderfully sweet, kind and gentle man”.

Dad-of-four Dr Mosley was a tireless health and diet campaigner and regularly appeared on The One Show and This Morning.

Writing on Instagram, Jamie said: “He did a lot of good for public health with his TV shows and research.

“He was a curious investigator, producer and presenter and often changed the conversation around many public health issues for the better. He will be sadly missed. Love and thoughts to Clare and all of his family.”

Former Blue Peter and GMTV host Anthea Turner, 64, said: “This was the tragic news we all feared.

“With so much passion and a cheeky smile on his face, he spent his life encouraging us all to make healthy choices.

“He wanted everyone to live a longer, better, more fulfilled life.

“His family will be broken — thinking of them and his friends on Symi.”

Among the telly medic’s TV shows was Trust Me, I’m A Doctor.

His co-presenter Dr Saleyha Ahsan described him as a “national treasure” and a “hugely talented” man.

She said Dr Mosley immediately put her “at ease” when she ­auditioned for the BBC series.

Dr Ahsan said: “I can now appreciate that he’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 . . . such a talented man, hugely talented.

“Michael’s a national treasure and so personable.” Dr Ahsan also praised Dr Mosley’s ability and “passion for explaining science to a wider audience”.

Professor Alice Roberts, who worked with Dr Mosley on several TV projects, posted pictures on X/Twitter of them together.

“She said: “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.”

Doctor-turned-comedian Adam Kay, who wrote the book This Is Going To Hurt, which was later made into a BBC ­comedy-drama series, said it was “desperately sad” to hear the news.

He said on X: “My thoughts with his family — may his memory be a blessing.”

Dr Adam Rutherford, a TV ­colleague of Dr Mosley’s, said: “I am so sad to hear of the death of Michael Mosley.

Lots of people will feel they lost a helpful friendNerina Pallot

“We worked on various BBC science projects together. He will be missed, and my thoughts go to his family. Life is fragile.”

Ultravox singer Midge Ure wrote online: “So sad about Michael Mosley.

“It’s amazing how one ‘cog in the machine’, one life in a world of billions can have an impact on others. I never met him, but we all knew him.”

Dr Mosley’s dad Bill died aged 74 from diabetes-related complications and Michael himself was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012.

But he cured himself through intermittent fasting and became a huge advocate of the 5:2 diet.

He wrote several books on dieting.

British singer Nerina Pallot said on X: “Unbearably sad news about Michael Mosley. You may never have met him, but if you lost weight because of one of his books, there will be some part of you that felt indebted to him.

“A lot of people will feel like they lost a helpful friend. Thanks for everything, Dr Mosley.”

Source: The Sun

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