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Missing Cumbernauld man described as 'brilliant' neurosurgeon after being found dead

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A 'brilliant' neurosurgeon found dead in a Scots loch has been hailed by patients and colleagues he selflessly helped as a loss for the world.

Michael Fitzpatrick disappeared from his house in Cumbernauld at around 5pm on Sunday, November 13. A frantic search was launched for the 58-year-old, who was a consultant neurosurgeon in Edinburgh, but his body was found in Banton Loch, Kilsyth, at around 3.35pm on Saturday, November 19.

The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now. Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Devastated patients told how Michael helped rid them of 'crippling' pain, while ex-colleagues said they 'loved every second' of working with him.Michael's former secretary Ann Docherty posted a heartfelt message on Facebook."I'm devastated," she said. "My thoughts are with Mike’s wife and their daughters.

This is a heartbreaking, horrific outcome for you all."Mike, no one I worked with for 10 years ever made me laugh as much as you always did.

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