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TV Magician Paul Daniels Has Died Aged 77

The entertainer was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour last month.

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He died at his home in Berkshire on Thursday with his wife, Debbie McGee, present, 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," his publicist said, according to BBC News.

It is with incredible sadness that I can confirm that Dad, @ThePaulDaniels, passed away over night.

"Our life has been full of laughter, and that's what it's been the last few weeks, up until the last 48 hours when he slipped into a sleep," McGee told BBC News.

"But even minutes before he slipped into that sleep he was smiling at me, and joking, and singing Beatles songs."

The magician's youngest stepson, Gary, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for four charities, including Brain Tumour Research.

Tributes are being paid to Daniels online, including from Louis Theroux, who made a BBC documentary about the couple in 2001.

RIP Paul Daniels, a thoughtful skeptic, enemy of hucksterism and paranormal flimflam, and gifted magician. My condolences to his family.

Paul Daniels has died. Always admired one of his recent tour titles: "Back - In Spite Of Public Demand." A top entertainer.

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of @ThePaulDaniels all my thoughts are with @thedebbiemcgee & family

I am so sad at so many friends passing away. Paul Daniels and Debbie were great friends & a wonderful couple. I shall miss Paul greatly.

Farewell Paul Daniels. Inspiration for thousands of 80s child magicians

Very sad to learn of the passing of Paul Daniels. He was a lovely and very funny man. https://t.co/o8Kd1mikId

Daniels was a mainstay on British TV, with his eponymous magic show running on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.

He also presented quiz shows such as Wipeout and Odd One Out, as well as kids TV show Wizbit.

Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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