Entertainer Paul Daniels diagnosed with incurable brain tumour

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee at the Quayside Cabaret Club last year.
Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee at the Quayside Cabaret Club last year.
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Magician and entertainer Paul Daniels has been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour, his family has revealed.

"We can confirm that one of our greatest magicians and entertainers of all times, Paul Daniels, has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour," the 77-year-old's publicist said in a statement.

"On behalf of Paul, Debbie and their families, we thank you for your kind concerns and support at this sad time and ask that their privacy continues to be respected."

Daniels, whose real name is Newton Edward Daniels, was born in North Riding of Yorkshire. He is married to fellow entertainer Debbie McGee.

His TV career began on ITV before he made the move to the BBC where he became one of the biggest stars on British TV, with a string of famous catchphrases. As well as numerous appearances on magic shows, he has presented game shows including Wipeout and Odd One Out. In 2010, he appeared as a contestant on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.He has previously performed at Alnwick Playhouse.