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Sir Patrick Moore, Astronomer And Broadcaster, Dies Aged 89

Posted by Andy Green

Fondly remembered for his role as the GamesMaster

Legendary British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died, aged 89, according to his close friends.

According to a statement he "passed away peacefully at 12.25pm this afternoon", in Selsey, West Sussex.

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 Moore was famous for his contributions to astronomy but also for his memorable role as the GamesMaster on the cult UK gaming television show of the same name, where he would introduce several taxing challenges for the contestants to accomplish, all while looking ominously cool. Many a 90s gamer had him to thank for dishing out helpful advice and tips on how to complete those devious SNES and Mega Drive games.

Gamers in the UK will always fondly remember him in this role, but his life was largely dedicated to the final frontier. The ever-enthusiastic astronomer was a part of The Sky at Night, BBC’s flagship astronomy programme, for an incredibly long time. In April the show celebrated its 55th year of existence with Sir Patrick only missing one episode in all that time due to illness; an extraordinary contribution to science and education.

A farewell event is planned for what would have been Sir Patrick's 90th birthday in March 2013.

We certainly have fond memories of Sir Patrick Moore here at Nintendo Life. Check out his GamesMaster debut (he first appears at roughly 1:40 minutes) and share some of your favourite memories of the great man below.

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iphys said:

I actually attended an astronomy lecture he gave once — surprised to see the news here.



ThomasBW84 said:

@iphys Certainly in my case (and I'm sure in the case of other members of the UK team my age), GamesMaster was a huge part of my gaming life. It reinforced my love for the 16-bit era, and I used to anticipate seeing footage and tips for my console of the time, Mega Drive. Sir Patrick Moore was a major part of that, as he brought a real sense of humour and charm to his role.



NES_64 said:

This is sad news to all his family, friends and all those who were inspired by him. His character and influence will live on. Unfortunately I never got to meet him but my dad nearly did years ago commenting he was a big man, and great personality. I've always been into astronomy and gaming so he has always been a favourite of mine on the TV. Then he goes and makes a cameo appearance on my favourite sci-fi Doctor Who in 2010 Eleventh Hour. R.I.P Sir Patrick Moore.



Mowzle said:

Well, I had no idea! However, nothing about the man surprises me. He was great! We've been viewers of "The Sky at Night" for more years than I care to admit, but here's hoping it will continue for many more years presented by the rest of his team.
I think he would admit he had a "good innings", but we will miss him and the enthusiasm he retained all his life.



Kirk said:


I was just watching The Sky at Night the other day and said to my flatmate that Sir Patrick Moore would be dead soon enough and...


I'm a bit sad because I fondly remember him as the GamesMaster, big part of my childhood, and The Sky at Night was kinda cool too.

Even more ironic:

I did the exact same thing with my own dad!

I should probably stop making these jokes.



Syntax said:

His body may have died, but his soul will go up to the skys and into 16bit Heaven! :,-(



Mk_II said:

He lived a long and what must have been a very fulfilling life because of all the huge leaps and bounds in knowledge and abilities in his field. Rockets did not exist when he was born and now we're controlling robots on Mars and exploring outer space. He'll be sorely missed but i'm sure his Sky At Night programme will go on forever.



snesman said:

RIP Gamesmaster. You led a long life doing what you loved. Lucky guy. Your contribution to 90s gaming is fondly remembered.



edhe said:

I couldn't have imagined anyone else as the GamesMaster. I hope he's at peace.



Raiko said:

Very sad news indeed. GamesMaster was a big part of my childhood as was my fascination with the stars. RIP Sir Patrick Moore.

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