Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and fans of much-loved magician, Paul Daniels, following the news that the well-known entertainer has passed away in his sleep after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
Paul, who would have turned 78-years-old in April, was diagnosed with the tumour after collapsing at his home and suffering a suspected stroke.
The heartbreaking diagnosis was confirmed on the star's official website on February 20th, reading: "We can confirm that one of our greatest magicians and entertainers of all time, Paul Daniels, has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour."
"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," it concluded.
Paul, a native of Middlesbrough, was a renowned entertainer who received numerous awards over the course of his long and successful career including the Academy of Magical Art's Magician of the Year in 1982, the Maskelyn for services to British Magic by the Magic Circle in 1988 followed by the Great Lafayette Award in 2011,
The highly-acclaimed entertainer, who married wife Debbie McGee in 1988, has three adult sons from a previous marriage to Jacqueline Skipworth.