The veteran entertainer died in the early hours of Thursday morning, after revealing just weeks ago that he’d been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.
His contemporaries and those he inspired have now paid their respects, including his former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ partner Ola Jordan, and filmmaker Louis Theroux, who famously put Paul and his wife, Debbie McGee, at the centre of one of his ‘When Louis Met…’ documentaries.
Two of Paul’s three sons, Gary and Martin Daniels, have shared their own special message on Twitter:
Over the course of his lucrative career in entertainment, Paul fronted a number of shows at the BBC, and the broadcaster’s acting director of television, Mark Linsey, have also shared a touching statement in the magician’s memory.
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.”
In the days leading up to his death, it had been reported that Paul had gone home to spend his final days with his loved ones, with Debbie recently breaking her silence on her husband’s illness to thank his fans for their support.