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Sir Patrick Moore dies aged 89

Astronomer 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.

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Brian May pays tribute to 'father figure' Sir Patrick Moore

Queen guitarist Brian May paid tribute to Sir Patrick Moore, calling him a "dear friend and a kind of father figure to me".

Sir Patrick Moore (left) with Brian May in April, 2012. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

He 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.

"Patrick is irreplaceable. There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were lucky enough to get one."

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