Patrick Moore dies: British astronomer passes away after heart problems

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Famed British astronomer and broadcaster Patrick Moore has passed away. Though a cause of death has not been reported, Moore had been suffering from heart problems prior to his death and was confined to a wheelchair. He was 89.

According to a statement released to the Associated Press, Moore had contracted an infection and was briefly hospitalized last week. It was determined that there was no treatment that could help him and his wish to return home was honored. It was there that he passed away.

"Over the past few years, Patrick, an inspiration to generations of astronomers, fought his way back from many serious spells of illness and continued to work and write at a great rate, but this time his body was too weak to overcome the infection which set in a few weeks ago," the statement reads.

Moore is best known for his BBC TV show "The Sky At Night." He presented on the show from its first airing in 1957 up until his death on Dec. 9. He also was the former president of the British Astronomical Association and co-founder and former president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. He has penned over 70 books on the subject, and is known for helping get British citizens interested in astronomy. Moore received a knighthood in 2001.

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