Alex Jones pays emotional tribute to Michael Mosley - 'It's still hard to grasp'

Alex Jones paid tribute to Michael Mosley in a statement on The One Show
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The One Show has paid tribute to their former reporter Dr Michael Mosley following the tragic news of his passing.

The beloved presenter, who was also a regular on This Morning and BBC Radio 4's Just One Thing, had last been seen on the Greek island of Symi, enjoying a holiday with his wife, Dr Clare Bailey. The 67 year old went missing after he left for a solo walk around 1:30pm on Wednesday and was sadly found deceased on Sunday.

On Monday's episode of the BBC programme, hosted by Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas, the team honoured their late colleague. At the beginning of the show, Alex made a heartfelt statement, followed by remembrances from other past co-workers.

Alex solemnly shared: "Good evening. We're starting tonight's show with the sad news that we've lost a dear friend and colleague. Dr Michael Mosley was part of the original line-up of One Show reporters, who made his first appearance in 2007, and he's been a familiar presence on the show ever since."

Jermaine continued with a touching message: "We've already had hundreds of messages from you sharing what a difference he made to your lives. Do please keep them coming and we'll read some of them out a bit later in the show. We'll also be joined by Dr Chris Van Tulleken and Dr Hannah Fry, who'll be sharing their memories of working with Michael.", reports the Mirror.

Former co-worker, Dr Sarah Jarvis paid her respects later on, stating: "Michael was absolutely charming. He was funny. He was clever."

She went on to say: "But what really came across was that he had this ability to communicate and he wanted to get important messages out."

Alex echoed the sentiments of other colleagues, saying on-air: "It's still very hard to grasp what's happened, I think everybody feels that, don't they? It's an absolute shock."

Reflecting on the beloved presenter, Dr Chris mused: "I think anyone who watched Michael would know that he was kind of kind and generous on-screen but when he was not on screen that was exactly who he was as well."

Dr Hannah also praised his inspirational character, saying: "I cannot tell you how many people, not just on-screen, but off-screen too, whose careers this man helped. [...] On-screen and off-screen [he was] exactly the same person."

Alex summed up the feelings of many when he concluded: "He will be sorely missed but Michael's legacy will live on. And of course, we send our condolences to Michael's wife Clare, his children and his wider family."

The BBC show took to social media to express their sorrow with a heartfelt message: "Everyone at the One Show is deeply saddened to hear about our friend and colleague Dr Michael Mosley. He was a much loved and hugely respected member of our original team, making frequent appearances over the years both presenting science films for us and also in the studio, most recently back in February with his wife Clare talking about their joint theatre tour. Our thoughts are very much with Clare and their four children at this extremely difficult time."