Famous TV Magician Paul Daniels Dies, Aged 77

TV magician Paul Daniels has died at the age of 77.

The TV star, famous for the long-running Paul Daniels Magic Show, was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year.

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Paul and Debbie on their wedding day in April 1988 (PA)

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Paul and Debbie on their wedding day in April 1988 (PA)

A statement from his publicist read: “[He] passed away peacefully at home with Debbie at his side in the early hours of this morning.

“Debbie and the family would like to thank everyone for their support and asks that their privacy be respected at this sad time.”

(Matthew Fearn/PA)

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Paul met Debbie at auditions for The Paul Daniels Magic Show (Matthew Fearn/PA)

Earlier this month, Debbie thanked fans for their “wonderful messages” of support.

When Paul fell at home in February, he was rushed to hospital, suspected of having suffered a stroke. He was later diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Mark Linsey, acting director of BBC Television said: “Paul was an outstanding showman and one of the great entertainers of BBC television.

“His long-running magic show delighted viewers, as did his BBC One quiz shows Odd One Out, Wipeout and Every Second Counts and children’s favourite Wizbit. He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family.”

Celebrities and magicians inspired by Paul also paid tribute to the star.

Before his death, the magician encouraged members of the public to donate money for research into cancer.

A gofundmepage to raise funds was set up by his son Gary.

Over the years, Paul lent his time and support to various charities.

He entertained children at Great Ormond Street Hospital and took part in numerous charity events, especially those with children at their heart.

Last year, he supported the Garden Re-Leaf appeal, which aimed to raise funds to support families who use children’s hospices around the UK.

Source: Yahoo News

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