Sir Patrick Moore sadly died yesterday at his home in West Sussex. He passed away peacefully in his sleep after battling a recent infection. He was 89
To most of the world, Sir Patrick Moore was known for his passion in astronomy; most notably, where he presented the Sky at Night for over half a century, up until his death.
Dominik Diamond, his co-host during the 90s called him a true original.
Friends and members of Moore’s staff released a statement; “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. 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 his 90th birthday in March 2013.”
See a clip from the show below: