Magician Paul Daniels dies at age 77 after being diagnosed with brain tumour.
“Debbie and the family would like to thank everyone for their support and asks that their privacy be respected at this sad time,” his publicist told BBC.
He took over the primetime Saturday night with his BBC show, which started in 1979.
Debbie, the tearful wife of the magician said she had “a fairytale life” which was “full of laughter” with him.
Paul wasn’t aware of the fact that he was close to dying, reveals his wife.
“He was in, what the consultants said was, a happy, confused state. He knew who everybody was, but his brain wasn’t processing new information [due to the tumour],” she said.
She further told The Huffington Post: “I’ve cried my heart out some nights but it all happened so quickly.
“On the day he was diagnosed, the tumour had already spread so far that they knew he only had a few weeks to live. Then, in two days he deteriorated from feeling lethargic to having other symptoms, so he actually didn’t really know what was going on.”
Debbie married Paul in 1988, who then his on-stage assistant.
Mark Linsey, the broadcaster’s acting director of television, expressed his grief in the memory of the magician.
He said: “Paul was an outstanding showman and one of the great entertainers of BBC Television. His long-running magic show delighted viewers, as did his BBC One quiz shows Odd One Out, Wipeout and Every Second Counts, and children’s favourite Wizbit. He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family.”
Magician Dynamo told the BBC: “Without Paul Daniels I don’t think I’d be doing magic today, so it’s really a testament to how important he is for the magic world, he was a true master and [his death] is just such sad news.
“He was a real personality, he didn’t just perform a bunch of tricks, he knew how to take something and make it magical but humorous at the same time.”