Debbie McGee has said she and husband Paul Daniels had a “fairytale life” together.
The magician died on Thursday aged 77 at his Berkshire home, a month after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
McGee, who married Daniels in 1988 after many years as his on-stage assistant, said they had the kind of marriage “most people dream of”.
“We had a life that was full of laughter… we were so happy together,” she told the BBC.
He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last month.
“I’ve cried my heart out some nights but it all happened so quickly,” McGee said.
“On the day he was diagnosed the tumour had already spread so far that they knew he only had a few weeks to live.
“Then, in two days he deteriorated from feeling lethargic to having other symptoms, so he actually didn’t really know what was going on.
“He was in what the consultants said was a happy, confused state. He knew who everybody was, but his brain wasn’t processing new information.”
Daniels was born Newton Edward Daniels in Middlesbrough and developed his magic skills in working men’s clubs, making his TV debut on talent series Opportunity Knocks.
He then took over the primetime Saturday night slot with his BBC show, which started in 1979.
Daniels was known for a string of catchphrases, including the line: “You’ll like this… not a lot, but you’ll like it.”
BBC correspondent Nick Higham said: “Paul Daniels could be chippy and some thought him smug. He fell out with BBC managers who dropped his show in the 1990s.
“But there was no doubting his popularity – or his talent.”
It was initially suspected Daniels had suffered a stroke after he fell at home, but it was then discovered he had an inoperable tumour.
His son, Martin Daniels, said at the time: “He has …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment