The astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has died aged 89. A statement from friends and staff said the broadcaster, who presented the long-running BBC television show The Sky at Night, "passed away peacefully at 12.25pm this afternoon" at his home in Selsey, West Sussex.
It added: "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, who celebrated the 55th anniversary of The Sky at Night in April, had suffered from ill-health in recent years. The stargazer used a wheelchair and had become unable to look through a telescope. He died after failing to fight an infection.