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200 gather for the funeral of magician Paul Daniels

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/04/2016

Debbie McGee leaves the private funeral service for her husband Paul Daniels
Debbie McGee leaves the private funeral service for her husband Paul Daniels
Gloria Hunniford and her husband Stephen Way at the service
The coffin of Paul Daniels is carried into the service at Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham. A picture of wife Debbie McGee rests on a bed of red roses, with a message reading: ‘Love you always, Debbie XXX’
Loved: Paul Daniels

Friends, relatives and showbusiness colleagues gave much-loved magician Paul Daniels a star-studded send-off yesterday as they gathered for his funeral

The showbiz legend died on St Patrick's Day after being diagnosed with terminal cancer following a fall earlier this year.

Friend Gloria Hunniford was among the mourners at the Buckinghamshire crematorium, as well as entertainers and comics including Barry Cryer and Bonnie Langford. The celebrity magician's widow Debbie McGee (57) placed a poignant handwritten note and a silver magic wand on the lid of her husband's ivory-coloured coffin.

Nestling among a display of red roses, the heartfelt note read: "Love you always, Debbie XXX."

Around 200 people attended the half-hour long service in the small chapel.

The popular entertainer, who was 77 when he died, became a household name in Britain since making his TV breakthrough in 1979 with The Paul Daniels Magic Show.

He married McGee - who had been his on-stage assistant - in 1988.

Despite her own grief at the loss of her husband, Ms McGee tweeted a message of condolence and tribute following the announcement of the death of Ronnie Corbett on Thursday.

As well as his widow, Daniels leaves behind his three adult sons from a previous marriage - Martin, Paul and Gary.

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