Body Found of British TV Doctor Who Went Missing on Symi Island

ATHENS – The body of British TV doctor and author Michael Mosley, who became known for recommending intermittent fasting and the so-called 5:20 diet was found on the Greek island of Symi, near the coast of Turkey.

Mosley, 67, disappeared after he set out on a walk in broiling temperatures, setting off an intense hunt on the small island that encompasses only 25.4 square miles and is known as one of the most picaresque and charming islands in the Dodecanese.

People sit on the beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June 7, 2024. Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

“He has been found in the area of Ayia Marina,” the island’s Deputy Mayor Nikitas Grillas told the British newspaper The Guardian. “I can confirm that it is him,” he said, ending the mission to find him.


There was no report on a probable cause of death. He was found five days after vanishing, leading to officials sending out teams and looking from the air and sea to try to find out what happened to him.

He was last seen when he set off on a hike along St. Nikolas beach at 1:30 p.m. on June 5 and his wife, Dr. Clare Bailey, contacted authorities when he hadn’t returned by 7:30 p.m., not long before dark. A search and rescue mission was begun.

The search included police, firefighters, specially trained dogs, volunteers and a drone. Police were working on the assumption that Mosley may have been affected by the heat and slipped and fallen, perhaps from a height, the paper said..

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

Mosley, a columnist for the Daily Mail, also made documentaries about diet and exercise, including the Channel 4 show Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? He was also part of the BBC series Trust Me, I’m a Doctor.

He lived with tapeworms in his guts for six weeks for the documentary Infested! Living With Parasites on BBC Four. It wasn’t said if he was on a fast when he went on the hike or what his expected route was.

The popular beach is covered with umbrellas and sunbeds for rent but it wasn’t reported whether anyone had seen him leaving from there although earlier reports said he was going to walk to the home of British friends.


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