Respected Special Boat Service officer Mark ‘Foggy’ Phillips has died after contracting Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), also known as the human form of Mad Cow Disease. 56-year-old Foggy conducted countless covert missions behind enemy lines over his time in service, including the daring raid to destroy Iraqi communications systems.
The Dail Mail reports:
Lieutenant Colonel Mark ‘Foggy’ Phillips, 56, was one of the SBS’s most respected officers and one of its fittest before being struck down by Sporadic-CJD – a disease so rare only one person in every million develops it.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is a rapidly progressive form of dementia. Lt Col Phillips was diagnosed with the fatal disease in June and died on August 12.
Commandant General of the Royal Marines, Major General Rob Magowan paid tribute to the legend, saying:
Foggy was an inspiration, both to me and across our Corps. Bright, physically strong, courageous, hugely visionary and immediately engaging, he had all the attributes of a Royal Marine.
People were swept up by his energy and leadership. I first met him on an adjacent rowing machine and I must admit to feeling intimidated. As an organisation, we are considerably less rich with his passing.
There is no doubt his actions over the years will inspire many lads to join up. Bootnecks and anyone with an interest in the military will read of his heroics in destroying the enemy in all corners of the world as more books get written in the future and mission details are revealed.
Read the full Daily Mail report here.