Magician Paul Daniels dies at 77

Paul Daniels who drew the raffle, Julie & Mick Walker, Debbie McGee at Katie Walker Cancer Trust Ball at Bridlington Spa in 2008.  Photo by Paul Atkinson
Paul Daniels who drew the raffle, Julie & Mick Walker, Debbie McGee at Katie Walker Cancer Trust Ball at Bridlington Spa in 2008. Photo by Paul Atkinson

Tributes have flooded in for television magician Paul Daniels who died today aged 77 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The Middlesbrough-born star was at his Berkshire home with wife Debbie McGee when he died in the early hours of Thursday.

A statement from his publicist said: “One of our most beloved entertainers, Paul Daniels, has passed away at the age of 77.

“The TV star, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year, 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.”

Paul Daniels has performed across the Yorkshire Coast since the 1970s and performed at Bridlington's pantomime of Cinderella in 2008.

Tony Peers, a Scarborough businessman and entertainer, has met Mr Daniels a few times over the years.

He said: "I think he is yet another great loss from the live entertainment industry. I would say he was probably one of Britain's greatest magicians."

Mr Daniels was a performer with a magic touch who entertained TV audiences for decades.

The Paul Daniels Magic Show regularly attracted 15 million viewers in the UK and was sold to 43 countries.

One of the most popular magicians of the 20th century, his success was unrivalled in the magic and entertainment world.

Mr Daniels was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour when he fell at home in February and he was rushed to hospital.

McGee wrote on Twitter: “I wish I could answer all your wonderful messages individually but there are so many. They are all appreciated so much.

“Paul and I had no (idea) of how people felt. Truly amazing. Thank you.”