Sir Patrick Moore Dies Aged 89

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Sir Patrick Moore Dies Aged 89

Unread post by ShamRock » December 9th, 2012, 2:33 pm

British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has died at the age of 89.

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The much-loved broadcaster passed away at his home in Selsey, Sussex, at 12.25pm today.

In a statement, a friend said: "After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish to spend his last days in his own home, Farthings, where he today passed on, in the company of close friends and carers and his cat Ptolemy."

Sir Patrick had suffered ill health in recent years and sadly died after failing to fight an infection.

The statement continued: "Over the past few years, Patrick, an inspiration to generations of astronomers, fought his way back from many serious spells of illness and continued to work and write at a great rate, but this time his body was too weak to overcome the infection which set in, a few weeks ago.

"He was able to perform on his world record-holding TV Programme The Sky at Night right up until the most recent episode.

"His executors and close friends plan to fulfil his wishes for a quiet ceremony of interment, but a farewell event is planned for what would have been Patrick's 90th birthday in March 2013."

Sir Patrick, who is the author of more than 70 books, presented the BBC programme The Sky At Night for over 50 years, making him the longest-running host of the same television show ever, and of course he was the eponymous Games Master from 1992 until 1998 which had a cult following.

Queen guitarist Brian May, who was friends with and wrote a book on astronomy with Sir Patrick paid tribute to the scientist.

He said: "Patrick will be mourned by the many to whom he was a caring uncle, and by all who loved the delightful wit and clarity of his writings, or enjoyed his fearlessly eccentric persona in public life.

"Patrick is irreplaceable. There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were lucky enough to get one."

His trademark monocle, unique delivery and occasional performances on the xylophone made him a familiar target for satirists and impressionists, but his scientific credentials were never in doubt.

The show's guests have included many prominent scientists as well as Goon Show star Michael Bentine and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

But the demands of live television have led to the occasional blooper, with Sir Patrick famously once swallowing a fly live on air.

Fellow TV host Professor Brian Cox also paid tribute to Sir Patrick on Twitter.

He wrote: "Very sad news about Sir Patrick. Helped inspire my love of astronomy. I will miss him!"

All of our thoughts are with Sir Patrick's family and friends at this time.


Sir Patrick Moore 1923 - 2012 (with Ptolemy)

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Re: Sir Patrick Moore Dies Aged 89

Unread post by Guest » December 9th, 2012, 8:00 pm

R.I.P Sir Patrick, you are and always will be a legend....

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Re: Sir Patrick Moore Dies Aged 89

Unread post by Guest » December 9th, 2012, 9:37 pm

Will miss you loads, god bless xx

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Re: Sir Patrick Moore Dies Aged 89

Unread post by John » December 10th, 2012, 10:30 pm

RIP Big man, sad news.

He had a good innings though, 89 is a good age. ;)

Never nice to lose someone so close to Christmas though, our thoughts go out to his family!

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Re: Sir Patrick Moore Dies Aged 89

Unread post by Guest » December 11th, 2012, 7:42 am

Rest in Peace

I'll always remember Patrick Moore and Dexter Fletcher as the original GamesMaster.

true legend

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Re: Sir Patrick Moore Dies Aged 89

Unread post by Sammi » December 11th, 2012, 7:51 am

The self taught astronomer began his career at the age of just 14 having been asked to take over the responsibility of an observatory.

Twenty years later in 1957 he began presenting 'The Sky at Night' which he presented monthly until his death, which makes him the longest presenter of a television programme in history.

He also fought in WWII, and despite winning the war he lost the one woman he ever had a romance with, stating later that her loss meant that he'd never marry.

Telling the Standard in 2007, "There was no one else for me. Second best is no good for me. I would have liked a wife and family, but it was not to be."

RIP you will be sadly missed

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