It comes after TV magician Paul Daniels revealed he has been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour

 

The shock news that Paul Daniels has terminal cancer has caused his son to rush to his father’s side as the star’s condition deteriorates.

The magician – who found fame on television in the Eighties and early Nineties with The Paul Daniels Show – revealed he had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour via a statement on Saturday.

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His wife of 18 years, Debbie McGee, shared a link to the statement on Twitter, saying simply: ‘With great sadness.’

The statement read: ‘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.

‘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. There will be no further comments at this time.’

It’s thought that the 77-year-old star may only have learnt of his diagnosis a few days ago.

Paul’s son, Martin, has now hopped on a plane from Brazil – where he was touring with his own magic act – to be at his father’s side, telling a friend: ‘I need to get back to be with my dad.’

Heartbroken Martin said: ‘The news has come as a huge shock to ­everybody and the family’s focus is now on being there for Paul and supporting him through this time.’

Paul is currently in the middle of his Intimate Magic UK tour, but was forced to cancel several dates in late January due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

At the time, he told an interviewer: ‘Death isn’t scary. It’s just like going to sleep. It doesn’t bother me because when your time’s up, it’s up.’

Our thoughts are with Paul and his family at this difficult time.