What was Michael Mosley’s cause of death?

THE family of Michael Mosley are mourning the loss of the beloved TV doctor.

The 67-year-old died after he went missing on holiday in Greece.

Dr Michael Mosley was likely to have taken a rest near the bar in Agia Marina beach


Dr Michael Mosley was likely to have taken a rest near the bar in Agia Marina beachCredit: Facebook

What happened to Michael Mosley?

A search was launched TV doctor Michael Mosley after he went missing on June 5, 2024.

The doctor was at the Agios Nikolaos beach with his wife and two friends when he decided to walk back to their accommodation in Symi Town.

The journey should have taken around 20 minutes but it is believed he took a wrong turn heading over a rocky two-mile trail towards Agia Marina, accessible only by foot or water taxi.

His wife and friends raised the alarm at 7.30pm on Wednesday after the doctor failed to return.

What was Michael Mosley’s cause of death?

An initial autopsy revealed Dr Mosley most likely died of natural causes at around 4pm the day he went missing on Symi.

The post-mortem found no injuries on his body that could have caused his death.

Police sources said the area is one of the hottest on the island and temperatures in the rocky landscape may have been more than 40C on the day he died.

Where was Michael Mosley’s body found?

Michael’s body was tragically discovered only a short distance from a bar on the Greek island of Symi

He vanished after waving goodbye to his wife on the beach of Saint Nikolas – before taking a wrong turn and ending up on an unforgiving two-hour trek in scorching heat.

His body was found five agonising days later lying behind a fence next to a beach bar at the Agia Marina on the other side of the small island in Greece.

In an emotional statement, Dr Mosley’s wife Clare thanked all those who had helped search and paid tribute to her “wonderful” husband”.

Dr Mosley waved goodbye to his wife Clare before vanishing on Symi


Dr Mosley waved goodbye to his wife Clare before vanishing on SymiCredit: Rex

She 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. 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.”

Timeline of Dr Mosley’s disappearance


  • 1.30pm: Dr Mosley decides to walk home alone to his holiday home in the town of Symi after going for a swim at a beach
  • 1.50pm: The walk home is said to take around 20 minutes from Saint Nikolaos beach despite the doctor never making it back
  • 1.52pm: CCTV catches Dr Mosley walking past a shop in Pedi
  • Approx 2.20pm: Witnesses claim to have seen Dr Mosley talking to an elderly man in the town with one other person present
  • 2.30pm-5pm: Doc was last seen on a house camera on a treacherous path heading towards the Agia Marina
  • 7.30pm: Dr Mosley’s wife, Dr Clare Bailey, raises the alarm and calls cops


  • 10.30am: Police file missing person report and the search gets underway
  • 11am: Police appeal for any information
  • 2pm: Six firefighters, a vehicle and a drone team were all seen arriving in Symi from Rhodes
  • 7pm: Helicopters deployed over the island
  • 8pm: First day of the search called off for the night


  • 7am Extra police squadrons, coast guard officials, specially-trained sniffer dogs and military helicopters helped in the search
  • 5pm The first CCTV images are released of Dr Mosley with his umbrella near the Blue Corner bar


  • 7am Police launch a search of a new area of around 7km as they step up the hunt
  • 10.50am: New CCTV is released showing Mosley leaving Pedi and heading towards mountainous path
  • 11am Symi’s mayor says ‘no chance’ search will be called off until he is found
  • 12pm Mosley’s wife Clare says the family will ‘not lose hope’ but confesses the last few days have been ‘unbearable’
  • 3pm A helicopter joins the search effort in the mountains


  • 10.50am Body found in the search close to caves known as ‘The Abyss’
  • 11am Police say they believe the body to be that of Dr Mosley
  • 2.50pm Body removed by boat from Symi
  • 3.30pm Dr Clare Bailey confirms her ‘wonderful’ husband’s death
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