Dr Michael Mosley's close friend and Zoe App pioneer Tim Spector says the Mail ... trends now

Dr Michael Mosley's close friend and Zoe App pioneer Tim Spector says the Mail ... trends now
Dr Michael Mosley's close friend and Zoe App pioneer Tim Spector says the Mail ... trends now

Dr Michael Mosley's close friend and Zoe App pioneer Tim Spector says the Mail ... trends now

'We were going to meet tomorrow', Dr Michael Mosley's close friend Tim Spector reveals with grief.

The Zoe App pioneer, 65, and the Mail columnist, 67, planned to catch up on Wednesday after his Greek holiday and record a podcast on improving sleep.

But today Professor Spector is mourning the death of his 'generous' and 'amazingly positive' friend - in what he called a 'freak accident' that has 'devastated' his family, friends and legions of fans. 

Mail columnist Michael died of heat exhaustion after sitting down to rest on a mountain slope before losing consciousness as temperatures hit 40C on the island of Symi. The 67-year-old health guru was found five days after he vanished last Wednesday, just yards from the shelter of a beach club.  

British epidemiologist Tim Spector is bereft that he passed away in such tragic circumstances, but he admits, with great sadness, that his friend was prone to taking risks. 

When asked what he would have said to his friend before that fateful hike, he said poignantly: ‘I would say: “Oh Michael, don’t be daft".'

He went on: ‘His death was shocking. It is a freak accident. But when people said he had gone for a walk on his own, with no water bottle and no phone, I can see how that could happen with him.

‘It is the sort of thing that he would do. He wasn’t very aware of dangers and not frightened of putting himself at risk. You can see that from the things that he did on TV'.

Professor Spector also told MailOnline that he was sure Dr Mosley, an 'impressive extrovert on-stage' who was 'quite shy' away from the limelight, would never retire and improving the mental health of the nation was to be his next passion project over the coming 20 years.

Dr Michael Mosley and his close friend Professor Tim Spector, co-founder of the Zoe App, were due to meet and record a podcast on Wednesday

Dr Michael Mosley and his close friend Professor Tim Spector, co-founder of the Zoe App, were due to meet and record a podcast on Wednesday

The friends together at the Hay festival earlier this year

The friends together at the Hay festival earlier this year

Michael Mosley with his wife Dr Clare Bailey. The couple are close to Professor Spector and his wife Dr Veronique Bataille

Michael Mosley with his wife Dr Clare Bailey. The couple are close to Professor Spector and his wife Dr Veronique Bataille

‘He had no great regard for his personal safety and was absent minded.  

'He could have been hit by a bus, or got cancer, and we would have had the same result, but it is a great tragedy they way it has happened’. 

On TV Dr Mosley ate tapeworms, took ice baths, fasted for long periods and stayed awake for days all in the name of science - and Michael's wife Dr Clare Bailey Mosley stepping in to prevent him doing anything too 'daft', Tim said.

Tim Spector told MailOnline that his friend did do things on the spur of the moment with little thought for the dangers – but on this occasion walking in the midday sun with no phone and no water had ended in tragedy.

Tim reveals that while Michael made his name improving the diets and eating habits of millions in Britain and around the world, he had new plans for the coming year.

‘I believe mental health was going to be next. He had been trying to get into that. He was reading lots on the subject', he said.

‘It was taking longer than usual as he was studying the brain and mental health as well as depression and its impact on food and eating.

‘He was also interested in dreams – he and I had a discussion on it.

‘Michael was never going to retire. He could have carried on for another 20 years and helped many more people’.

He added: ‘Michael was also really enjoying his live performances and tours. He was planning to go to Australia with his wife and I know they were looking forward to it’.

Dr Mosley was found dead on the Greek island of Symi on Sunday morning after taking the wrong turn onto a mountain path

Dr Mosley was found dead on the Greek island of Symi on Sunday morning after taking the wrong turn onto a mountain path 

Dr Mosley was captured on CCTV carrying an umbrella in the town of Pedi before he made a wrong turn onto a mountain path

Dr Mosley was captured on CCTV carrying an umbrella in the town of Pedi before he made a wrong turn onto a mountain path 

Footage shows Dr Michael Mosley, 67, walking past a house with a tarpaulin covered speedboat sitting on the road

Footage shows Dr Michael Mosley, 67, walking past a house with a tarpaulin covered speedboat sitting on the road

Michael and Tim had met 20 years ago when filming a TV documentary at St Thomas’ Hospital in London on ageing.

They immediately hit it off and Dr Mosley was fascinated

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