A representative for the former Loose Women star said Ed had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Unbelievably, the forever-fresh-faced actor turned 52 this week.
Paul played patriarch Martin Goodman in all six series of the Channel 4 comedy.
Police officers were called to the Saturday Night Takeaway star's home earlier this week.
The Beckhams' eldest son already has a number of tats in honour of his future wife.
The actor, best known for playing Friday Night Dinner's Martin Goodman, was called "a lovely, wonderful human being".
He was best known for playing Martin Goodman in the Channel 4 comedy.
The former Good Morning Britain host has given his first TV interview since his exit from the ITV show last month.