David Bellamy died on Wednesday according to his foundation, The Conservation Foundation. The nature broadcaster rose to fame in the 70’s but later was ridiculed for his controversial views on climate change. The Times reported that he suffered from dementia.
The exact cause of David Bellamy’s death remains unknown. The director of his foundation, the Conservation released an official statement.
David Shreeve said: “Sadly, I have to report that David Bellamy died this morning. David and I worked together on a variety of projects in various places since launching the Conservation Foundation in 1982.
“He was a larger-than-life character who became a very special friend and teacher. He inspired a whole generation with his wide range of interests and enthusiasm, which knew no bounds.
“The Conservation Foundation was very special to him and so today is very sad for all of us.”
David Bellamy has died aged 86 (Image: GETTY • WENN)
David Bellamy was a renowned botanist and television presenter (Image: WENN)
David became a household name thanks for his television presenting which began in the 1970’s.
Staring out as a botanist lecturer at Durham University his TV career began after his work on the Torrey Canyon oil spill gained national attention.
He went on to present television shows, Bellamy On Botany, Bellamy’s Britain, Bellamy’s Europe and Bellamy’s Backyard Safari.
While little his known about his health, he suffered from hearing loss after an accident with fireworks as a child.
David Bellamy rose to fame in the 1970's (Image: WENN)
David Bellamy dismissed global warming as 'poppycock' (Image: GETTY)
He also suffered a broken during a rugby match as a teen, which became a prominent feature.
The star previously said he believed his controversial viewers on climate change