Dr. Michael Mosley, British TV host, found dead on Greek island after going missing

The co-author of "The Fast Diet" and host of a number of BBC science shows was 67.

Dr. Michael Mosley, a British TV host and author of diet books, was found dead on the Greek island of Symi over the weekend after a search that lasted days. He was 67.

According to the Associated Press, Mosley's body was spotted among rocks on a rugged stretch of coast on Sunday morning by a boat party that included the local mayor and journalists. His family's guess is that Mosley took a wrong turn on a hike and happened to collapse in a spot that couldn't easily be seen, except from the water.

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“Michael was an adventurous man, it’s part of what made him so special,” his wife, Dr. Clare Bailey Mosley said in a statement to the Associated Press. “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.”

In addition to his wife, Mosley is survived by his four adult children.

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<p>Brook Mitchell/Getty</p> Dr. Michael Mosley

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Dr. Michael Mosley

Mosley was a regular presence in British media, thanks to ongoing TV appearances, his column in the Daily Mail, and several diet books. In particular, his 2013 book The Fast Diet helped popularize intermittent fasting. Written with Mimi Spencer, the book proposed a "5:2 diet" that promised to help users lose weight by minimizing their calorie intake two days out of the week and eating regularly the other five.

Most of Mosley's work was focused on health and science. He contributed to a number of British TV programs about these topics, usually for the channel BBC Two. 2013's Genius of Invention, for instance, covered the history of British inventions, while the long-running Trust Me, I'm a Doctor! combined useful health advice with some satirical humor.

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