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Michael Mosley’s tragic last act before dying of ‘natural causes’

TV doctor Michael Mosley was lying in a position used to prevent fainting when he was found dead on the Greek island of Symi.

The 67-year-old was following routine medical advice by lying down with his legs raised, The Mirror reports.

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The NHS (National Health Service) in the United Kingdom recommends adopting the position to avoid fainting.

Mosley died after going for a walk in the high temperatures last Wednesday afternoon.

It is believed he took a wrong turn and ended up on a two-hour walk in scorching heat.

Police said the doctor, whose body was found on Sunday, died of natural causes, while a coroner in Rhodes concluded there was no criminal act.

Police sources told The Sun that the temperature could have reached 40C in the area where Mosley was walking when he collapsed.

The position of his body suggested he had been resting against a wall, adopting the recommended position to avoid fainting, before losing consciousness, Greek media outlet Protothema reported.

After his wife raised the alarm on Wednesday night when he did not return, search teams spent four days scouring the island.

Sniffer dogs, drones and helicopters were deployed in a desperate effort to find the father-of-four.

Left: Dr. Michael Mosley.  Right: Search teams scour the Greek island of Symi. Left: Dr. Michael Mosley.  Right: Search teams scour the Greek island of Symi.
Left: Dr. Michael Mosley. Right: Search teams scour the Greek island of Symi. Credit: getty

The site of his death has since been turned into a floral shrine, and his friends leave white flowers at the spot where he took his final rest.

It was found just 100 meters from the coast, next to a fence along the perimeter of the Agia Marina resort.

But it was not on a designated path and had collapsed in a place that was not immediately visible.

Footage found at a beach bar near where Mosley collapsed shows the doctor slowly walking down a rocky slope near a fence, before disappearing from CCTV view.

Mosley had left his phone at his accommodation, meaning he had no way of telling his family he was in trouble.

A general view of Agia Marina in Symi. A general view of Agia Marina in Symi.
A general view of Agia Marina in Symi. Credit: Yui Mok /PA Images via Getty Images

They found him with an umbrella, a watch, a backpack, a bottle of water and his wallet.

His backpack was located approximately 6 meters uphill from his body.

“People on board a boat saw a body near the rocky shore,” police spokesman Petros Vassilakis told AFP.

The people on that boat were a television crew from Greece’s public channel ERT.

ERT journalist Aristides Miaoulis said a cameraman “saw something strange near the fence, 50 meters from the sea.”

“We found out it was this man… He was lying (on his back),” Miaoulis said.

Emergency services leave Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where the body of doctor and television columnist Michael Mosley was found. Emergency services leave Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where the body of doctor and television columnist Michael Mosley was found.
Emergency services leave Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where the body of doctor and television columnist Michael Mosley was found. Credit: Yui Mok/fake images

The discovery prompted a heartbreaking statement from Mosley’s wife, who has since described the days after her husband disappeared as “the longest, most unbearable days for me and my children.”

“I don’t really know where to start with this,” he said.

“It is 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 very happy together.

“I am incredibly proud of our children, their resilience and support over the past few days.

“My family and I feel enormously comforted by the great love of people around the world.

“It is clear that Michael meant a lot to many of you.

“We take comfort in the fact that he was close to achieving it.

“He made an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where the extensive search team could not easily see him.”

Dr. Michael Mosley with his wife Claire.Dr. Michael Mosley with his wife Claire.
Dr. Michael Mosley with his wife Claire. Credit: MOT

Dr. Bailey went on to describe her husband as an “adventurous man.”

“It’s part of what made it so special,” he wrote.

“I feel very lucky to have our children and my amazing friends.

“Above all, I feel very lucky to have had this life with Michael.”

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