TV magician Paul Daniels dies aged 77
Magician Paul Daniels has passed away at the age of 77.
Daniels, who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year, passed away in the early hours of this morning (March 17th) at his home in Berkshire. His wife and former assistant Debbie McGee was by his side.
In a statement, the magician's publicist said: "Debbie and the family would like to thank everyone for their support and asks that their privacy be respected at this sad time. 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."
Born Newton Edward Daniels in 1938, Daniels initially found success as a magician in working men's clubs before he made his TV bow with talent series Opportunity Knocks. He would then go on to pursue a TV career that would last for over 40 years.
The news was confirmed by Daniels' son Gary, who tweeted the below: