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Watch: Bullseye's Jim Bowen dies: George Best appearance on gameshow

The former Bullseye presenter Jim Bowen has died aged 80 following a battle with ill health - recalling memories of Northern Ireland footballer George Best's appearance on his iconic gameshow Bullseye.

TV star Bowen - who presented the darts-based gameshow in the 1980s and 1990s - died on Wednesday morning with his wife Phyllis by his side following several weeks in hospital.

Family friend John Pleus said: "He passed away very peacefully, (Phyllis) was with him. We are all shedding a tear.

"I've known him since the Bullseye days.

"It wasn't completely unexpected, he's been ill for several weeks in hospital."

Northern Ireland comedian Roy Walker said he was "great pals" with Bowen saying the two met on the Comedians show in the 1960s.

"He was terrific a guy," he told the BBC.

"He was quite a humble guy, you would never have known he was a head master. But the public adored him.

"Bullseye was like a pub quiz and then some darts - it was a great programme that went on for years and years."

The Lancashire-born star was best known for his role as the genial host of Bullseye, which aired for 14 years from 1981 until 1995.

In one episode Northern Ireland football legend George Best appeared. He was challenged to throw 301 or more with nine darts only to fall short on 187 which was then converted into pounds for a road accident charity.

Best - who said it had been about two years since he last threw some arrows - said because he didn't score t0o well offered to add an extra £100 to the pot.

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