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Showbiz tributes as Paul Daniels diagnosed with terminal illness

By Rachel Martin and Lorna Cooper

Showbiz's stars have sent messages of support to legendary TV magician Paul Daniels after it emerged he had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.

Good wishes have flooded in for Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee, whose family are from Northern Ireland.

A statement from his publicist said he had been diagnosed with "an incurable brain tumour", and thanked well-wishers for their support.

Now 77 and considered a national treasure by many, Daniels married his second wife Debbie in 1988.

They had first met nine years earlier.

Debbie's father Paddy is originally from Roulston Avenue in Londonderry.

Ms McGee, who also has relatives in other parts of the province, has been a frequent visitor to Derry.

McGee was Daniels' on-stage assistant from the start of his run on the BBC.

The BBC led the messages of support. Mark Linsey, acting director of BBC Television, said in a statement: "We're sorry to hear this sad news and our thoughts are with Paul and his family."

The entertainer began his 15-year run on BBC One's The Paul Daniels Magic Show in 1979. 

The news of Daniels' illness was announced over the weekend.

A statement read: "We can confirm that one of our greatest magicians and entertainers of all times, Paul Daniels, has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.

"On behalf of Paul, Debbie and their families, we thank you for your kind concerns and support at this sad time and ask that their privacy continues to be respected.

"There will be no further comments at this time."

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.

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