Sir Patrick Moore Died at Age 89: British Astronomer and Broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore Died today aged 89, a group of his friends and staff said. The broadcaster “Passed Away peacefully at 12.25pm this afternoon”, at his home in Selsey, West Sussex.
They Said in 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.
Queen guitarist Brian May 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.
Also added: “Patrick is irreplaceable. There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were lucky enough to get one.”
Sir Patrick ‘farewell event’ planned for next year:
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.
– A statement from a group of Sir Patrick Moore’s friends and staff