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Magician Paul Daniels dies aged 77 after incurable brain tumour diagnosis

Published 17/03/2016

File photo dated 15/05/85 of magician Paul Daniels with his girl dancers from his award-winning Montreux Show, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 15/05/85 of magician Paul Daniels with his girl dancers from his award-winning Montreux Show, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 02/12/89 of magician Paul Daniels with a copy of his book 'Adult Magic' at Whiteleys book shop in London, as Daniels has died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, his publicist has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 25/01/90 of magician Paul Daniels adopting the Marlene Dietrich look for an episode of his 'The Paul Daniels Magic Show' on BBC One, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
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File photo dated 19/12/85 of magician Paul Daniels conjuring up a festive pantomime for Boxing Day when he presents the fairy tale 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarves', as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 02/04/88 of TV magician Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee on their wedding day, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 25/01/90 of magician Paul Daniels with his wife Debbie McGee, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 21/12/89 of magician Paul Daniels, who has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 24/04/98 Magician Paul Daniels at a charity golf game, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Suzanne Hubbard/PA Wire
File photo dated 09/06/97 of magician Paul Daniels at rehearsals for his first West End role in Moliere's The School For Wives, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Neil Munns/PA Wire
File photo dated 09/12/03 of Paul Daniels and Wendy Richard, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Samantha Pearce/PA Wire
File photo dated 29/03/10 of Sarah Harding, Paul Daniels and Una Healy attending Walkers Crisps' unveiling of its biggest ever campaign, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/09/10 of Paul Daniels during a photocall for the Strictly Come Dancing: Launch Show recording, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 26/02/07 of magician Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Joel Ryan/PA Wire
File photo dated 24/04/98 Magician Paul Daniels at a charity golf game, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Suzanne Hubbard/PA Wire
File photo dated 10/03/09 of Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 07/03/06 of Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
File photo dated 29/09/02 of Paul Daniels with his wife Debbie Magee, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 02/02/82 of Paul Daniels with his award and the magician's traditional top hat after being named Show Business Personality of 1981 by the Variety Club of Great Britain, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 02/04/88 of TV magician Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee on their wedding day, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo 29/03/10 of Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/04/99 of magician Paul Daniels with his wife Debbie McGee, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire
File photo dated 26/02/07 of magician Paul Daniels gazing into a crystal ball at the Special Magician's Screening of The Illusionist at the Soho Hotel in central London, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Joel Ryan/PA Wire
File photo dated 14/03/00 of Magician Paul Daniels with his wife Debbie Mcgee, as Daniels has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: William Conran/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/03/83 of magician Paul Daniels, who has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 11/03/08 of Paul Daniels, who has died today aged 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story DEATH Daniels. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 10/03/09 Paul Daniels with his wife Debbie McGee as she has thanked fans for their "wonderful messages" in the wake of the magician's diagnosis with terminal cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 7, 2016. The 77-year-old fell at home and was rushed to hospital suspected of suffering a stroke, although he was later diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, his son has said. See PA story SHOWBIZ Daniels. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Magician Paul Daniels has died, his publicist has confirmed.

The 77-year-old was diagnosed with an "incurable brain tumour" last month after a fall at his home.

For 20 years he was among the most well-known entertainers in Britain, along with his glamorous assistant and later wife Debbe McGee - who has family that hail from Northern Ireland.

He presented his popular Paul Daniels Magic Show on the BBC for 15 years and was known for a string of catchphrases, including the line: "You'll like this... not a lot, but you'll like it."

In a statement, Daniels' agent said he had died in his sleep in the early hours of Thursday morning, "at home with Debbie at his side".

"Debbie and the family would like to thank everyone for their support and asks that their privacy be respected at this sad time," the statement read.

Born Newton Edwards Daniels in Middlesbrough in 1938, Daniels later said he became interested in magic as a young child - but only turned professional in 1969 with a summer season in Newquay.

The following year Daniels came second in talent show Opportunity Knocks, which led to him being offered a regular slot on the ITV variety show The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club.

In addition to performing magic, Daniels hosted popular quiz shows for the BBC including Every Second Counts, Odd One Out and Wipeout.

In later years Daniels and McGee participated in various TV shows including Channel 5's The Farm, The X Factor: Battle Of The Stars and Celebrity Wife Swap.

Magician and entertainer Paul Daniels with his wife Debbie McGee
Magician and entertainer Paul Daniels with his wife Debbie McGee
Entertainer Paul Daniels has died aged 77
Paul Daniels with his wife Debbie McGee
Paul Daniels and wife Debbie
Paul Daniels and wife Debbie visiting her relatives here (from left) aunt Teresa and uncle Edward Greenfield and their daughter Fiona
Paul Daniels and wife Debbie on stage
Paul Daniels on Strictly Come Dancing
Paul Daniels on Strictly Come Dancing

He leaves wife Debbie McGee and his three sons from a previous marriage.



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