Michael Mosley: British TV Presenter Found Dead on Greek Island, Wife Confirms

The wife of the British TV presenter Michael Mosley has confirmed the “devastating” news that her husband has been found dead on the Greek island of Symi. Dr Clare Bailey said she and the couple’s four children took comfort in the fact that he “had almost made it”, after his body was found close to a coastal resort on Sunday.

“We’re taking comfort in the fact that he so very nearly made it. He did an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn’t be easily seen by the extensive search team.”

Mosley, 67, went missing after going for a walk on the island on Wednesday, sparking an intensive five-day search. Confirming that he had been found, Bailey said she did not “know quite where to begin”. In a statement, she said: “It’s devastating to have lost Michael, my wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband. We had an incredibly lucky life together. We loved each other very much and were so happy together.”

Bailey, who met Mosley at medical school, said she was “incredibly proud” of the couple’s children and of their resilience and support. “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,” she said.

She added that Mosley – who repeatedly tested scientific theories on his own body – was an adventurous man, which was “part of what made him so special”. She added: “We are so grateful to the extraordinary people on Symi who have worked tirelessly to help find him. Some of these people on the island, who hadn’t even heard of Michael, worked from dawn till dusk unasked. We’re also very grateful to the press who have dealt with us with great respect.

“It is clear from his watch and clothes that it is Dr Mosley,” a police spokesperson, Konstantina Dimoglou, said. A police source told BBC News the deceased had been dead “for a number of days”.

The island’s mayor, who was with the media team, said previously 200 people had searched the site and yet Mosley had not been found. The Hellenic coastguard was immediately called to the area, and it was taped off.

It was announced that a postmortem will be conducted at Rhodes’ general hospital on Monday. Mosley’s body was transferred to the bigger island within hours of its discovery.

In an initial assessment, a coroner who travelled to the island earlier on Sunday ruled out foul play, adding that there were no signs, beyond a head wound the Briton is likely to have sustained when he fell, of criminal activity.