Michael Mosley's heartbreaking final interview details 'no intention giving up work' just weeks before death

Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley was found dead on Sunday morning

Lauren Williams

By Lauren Williams

Published: 10/06/2024

- 17:41

Updated: 10/06/2024

- 17:45

The TV doctor was found dead on the Greek Island of Symi on Sunday morning after a lengthy search

Michael Mosley opened up about his fears of dying early and the plans he had for his career in the future alongside his "dream team" wife Claire Bailey, in an unpublished interview just weeks before his death.

Mosley was on holiday with Bailey and some friends when it was reported that the TV doctor had gone missing during a walk home from the beach, with search teams and sniffer dogs coming out in force to find him.

Unfortunately, it was reported on Sunday, June 9 that the BBC presenter was found near the entrance to a cave and just a short walk from a major beach, the mayor of the island has said.

It is understood that Mosley was found near a fence that separates the beach area from a rocky outcrop, with initial reports from Dr Mosley's post-mortem examination suggesting he had died of natural causes.

Weeks before his holiday, Mosley sat down with The Telegraph in what would ultimately prove to be one of his last and discussed his wishes to carry on working alongside his wife.

After discussing how his father's death came from diabetes complications, the 67-year-old noted how he didn't want to die young and said: "When my GP told me I should start medication, it shouldn't have been a shock.

Michael Mosley

Michael was found dead on the Greek island of Symi


"Because my dad had developed diabetes around the same age. And he then died. I shouldn't have been shocked, but I was. I had seen what had happened to my father. He had died at 74, which is early these days.

"That feels young. He hadn't seen his grandkids grow up. I thought that's not a road I want to go down. There's a lot of research showing the benefits of giving your time, getting together with friends, that sort of thing."

He went on to talk about his career path before getting excited about working on a new mental health book he was writing with Bailey, adding it was "lovely" to work with his wife.

"I think that's a really interesting and topical area. I just made a series called Secrets of the Superagers, which took me round the planet visiting people who were remarkably young for their age, biologically. And one of the things is having a sense of purpose.

Michael Mosley

Michael had slipped and fell during the 40 degree heatwave


"There's a lot of research showing the benefits of giving your time, getting together with friends, that sort of thing."

In CCTV footage seen by journalists on Symi, Mosley was seen wandering in a confused manner before resting a hand on the fence wall before disappearing from sight after tumbling.

The 20 minutes of movement is reportedly significantly longer than the journey should have taken to continue the path towards the resort.

Just hours after the news of his death was announced, his wife released a statement which said: "I don’t know quite where to begin with this. It’s devastating to have lost Michael, my wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband. We had an incredibly lucky life together.

Michael Mosley and Claire Bailey

Michael opened up on continuing to work with his wife in the future


"We loved each other very much and were so happy together. I am incredibly proud of our children, their resilience and support over the past days. 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. 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."

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