Tragic Dr Michael Mosley has said in a heartbreaking recent interview that he does not want to die “early” like his father
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Tragic Dr Michael Mosley has said in a heartbreaking recent interview that he does not want to die “early” like his father

Dr. Michael Mosley said he didn’t want to die “early” like his dad in a painful final interview before his death in Greece last week.

The health guru, 67, said his passion for all things nutrition and adventure was partly sparked by his own dad, who died at the age of 74.

Dr. Mosley has built a career on his inspiring health and fitness advice, including the infamous 5:2 diet
Dr Mosley with his wife, Dr Clare Mosley, who described him as “adventurous” after his death.

In April, Dr Mosley told The Telegraph that his dad Bill had “not seen his grandchildren grow up”, adding that “that’s not the path I want to go down”.

His father was diagnosed with diabetes in his fifties, from which Dr Mosley himself later suffered.

The BBC star, who had four children of his own, died last Wednesday on the Greek island of Symi after getting lost on a walk in 40-degree heat.

Known for popularizing the 5:2 diet and appearing on The One Show and This Morning, Dr Mosley was described as “adventurous” by his wife Clare after his body was found on Sunday.


In what appears to be his last interview, Dr Mosley said: “My dad, when he retired, basically sat on the sofa and watched sports, which was incredibly bad for him.

“And my dad died at the age of 74 from complications of diabetes. I shouldn’t have been shocked, but I was.

“I saw what happened to my father. He didn’t see his grandchildren grow up. I thought this wasn’t the path I wanted to take.”

After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012, the TV documentary filmmaker changed his diet and inspired countless others to do the same.

He said: “When my GP told me I should start taking medication it shouldn’t have come as a shock as my dad developed diabetes around the same age.”

The health professional also told The Telegraph that he did not want to retire like many of his friends did, and instead chose to continue working in the healthcare industry.

He said: “I am 67 years old and many of my colleagues are already retired.

“I’m quite happy that I can continue to write, give public speeches, and create television shows and podcasts.”

Keeping in touch with other friends who were doctors, as well as one of his sons who was also a doctor, helped him stay in the field.

The beloved dad and husband has announced that his wife of forty years and colleague, Dr. Clare Mosley, also has no intention of retiring.

Clare confirmed his death on Sunday, hours after his body was found after an “unbearable” five-day search.

His wife described how he “almost made it” after he took a “wrong direction” on the island town of Pedi.

The columnist left his wife and two friends on Saint Nikolas beach on the other side of the bay earlier that afternoon and later tried to get to Agia Marina after almost two hours of getting lost in the hills.

Grainy video showed the TV documentarian descending towards a wall between the hills and the beach before falling to the ground where his body was found.

Having left his phone at home that morning, Dr. Mosley had already spoken about the benefits of being “present in the moment” without them.

Tributes have poured in for the late doctor, including from friends, family and colleagues.

Dr Mosley was found just a 90-second walk from help when he was within reach of a bar in Agia Marina
CCTV showed Dr Michael Mosley walking two hours before he died
An extensive five-day search was carried out following Dr Mosley’s disappearance last WednesdaySource: News Group Newspapers Ltd

His wife said, “I don’t know where to start. The loss of Michael, my wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband, is devastating.

“We had an incredibly happy life together. We loved each other very much and were very happy together. I am incredibly proud of our children and their resilience and support over the past few days.

“We take comfort in the fact that he almost made it.

“He made an incredible climb, took the wrong route and fell in a place where he couldn’t be easily spotted by the large search team.

“Michael was an adventurous man and that’s part of what made him so special.

“I feel lucky to have our children and my amazing friends. And most of all, I’m happy that I had this life with Michael.”

Former This Morning panelist and TALK presenter Julia Hartley Brewer was among the first to pay tribute to the TV doctor.

She wrote: “This is very sad news.”

Before adding: “I interviewed Michael Mosley a few times about his Fast800 diet and he was an absolutely wonderful man. My condolences to his family.”

TV chef Jamie Oliver, 49, called the news “absolutely devastating” and described him as a “wonderfully sweet, kind and gentle man.”

Timeline of Dr. Mosley’s disappearance


  • 13:30: After swimming at the beach, Dr. Mosley decides to return alone to his vacation home in the town of Symi
  • 13:50: It is said to take about 20 minutes to get home from Saint Nikolaos Beach, even though the doctor never returned
  • 13:52: CCTV catches Dr. Mosley walking past a store in Pedi
  • Around 2:20 p.m.: Witnesses claim to have seen Dr. Mosley talking to an elderly man in the city, with one other person present
  • 14:30-17:00: The Doctor was last seen via home camera on the treacherous path leading to Agia Marina
  • 19:30: Dr. Mosley’s wife, Dr. Clare Bailey, raises the alarm and calls the police


  • 10:30: The police report a missing person and a search begins
  • 11:00: The police are appealing for any information
  • 14:00: Six firefighters, a vehicle and a drone team were seen arriving in Symi from Rhodes
  • 19:00: Helicopters deployed over the island
  • 20:00: The first day of the search was canceled for the night


  • 7 am Additional police squadrons, coast guard officers, specially trained sniffer dogs and military helicopters assisted in the search
  • 17:00 The first CCTV images have been released showing Dr Mosley with an umbrella near the Blue Corner bar


  • 7 am As the pursuit intensifies, police begin searching a new area of ​​approximately 7km
  • 10:50: New CCTV footage emerges showing Mosley leaving Pedi and heading towards a mountain path
  • 11 o’clock in the morning The mayor of Simi says the “no chance” search will be called off until the man is found
  • 12:00 Mosley’s wife Clare says the family ‘will not give up hope’ but admits the last few days have been ‘unbearable’
  • 15:00 A helicopter joins the search in the mountains


  • 10:50 Body found during search near caves called “The Abyss”
  • 11 o’clock in the morning The police say they believe the body is Dr. Mosley’s
  • 14:50 The body was recovered by boat from Symi
  • 15:30 Dr Clare Bailey confirms the death of her ‘wonderful’ husband
Throughout his career, Dr. Mosley collaborated with his wife Clare on many projects