David Bellamy has died aged 86
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The iconic TV nature presenter has passed away at the age of 86, according to a tweet from The Conservation Foundation, a charity which he co-founded and was the president of prior to his passing.
The organisation’s tweet read:
‘The Conservation Foundation is greatly saddened to announce the death on 11th December 2019 of Professor David Bellamy OBE, our co-founder and President. The Foundation was very special to David and he was very special to us’.
David was known for being an environmental campaigner and botanist, and was brought to public prominence after offering his environmental consultancy during the Torrey Canyon oil spill in 1967.
Following his work on Torrey Canyon, David landed several of his own television shows, including Bellamy on Botany, Bellamy’s Britain, Bellamy’s Europe, and Bellamy’s Backyard Safari.
David also originated the Ford European Conservation Awards, alongside David Shreeve and the Conservation Foundation, which he set up in 1982 to help engage the public in environmental issues.
The Foundation is funded through government funding, charitable trusts and foundations, individuals, and business sponsorship through corporate social responsibility projects.
David made his last appearance on television in 2009, and had said in 2013 he wasn’t keen on returning to screens because he had “pretty much run out” of things to talk about.
‘No, I had made things about which I knew. I had pretty much run out of those. And TV has changed, with gadgets and all that.
‘Now [David Attenborough] has people sitting there for six months to get one shot. But you can’t knock him. He has opened the eyes of millions of people’.
David is survived by his wife Rosemary Froy and their five children, four of whom were adopted after his spouse suffered five heartbreaking miscarriages.
The television star previously described Rosemary – who is yet to comment on his death – as his “pillar”.