Sir Patrick Moore dead at 89

Posted at 6:42 AM, Dec 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-10 06:42:52-05

(WTVR) – British astronomer and television hot Patrick Moore died Sunday, according to a statement posted by Moore’s friends. Moore was 89 years old.

“We are sad to announce that the distinguished astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore passed away peacefully at 12.25 pm this afternoon, at his home in Selsey, at the age of 89,” read the statement attributed to Julia Knight, Peter Cattermole, David McCahearty, Brian May, Iain Nicolson, and Patrick’s staff and friends. “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.”

Those interested in leaving their thoughts on Moore’s passing can do so on a website set up in his memory.

Click here to read more about Patrick Moore’s life and death in the New York Times.