‘Friends and family got me through his funeral,’ says Paul Daniels’ wife Debbie McGee

Debbie McGee has said she got through her husband Paul Daniels’ funeral with the help of family and friends.

The magician died of cancer two weeks ago with his wife by his side, and was laid to rest after an intimate service on Friday.

Paul was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February and had chosen to spend his final days with his family at his Berkshire home before dying at the age of 77. The funeral took place locally.

A huge THANK YOU for all the wonderful messages yesterday. It was a very special day which I got through thanks to family & friends.

— Debbie McGee (@thedebbiemcgee) April 2, 2016

Debbie, 57, tweeted on Saturday morning: “A huge THANK YOU for all the wonderful messages yesterday.

“It was a very special day which I got through thanks to family & friends.”

After Paul’s death on March 17, Debbie – his wife of 28 years – thanked well-wishers for their support since the magician fell at home and was rushed to hospital, suspected of having suffered a stroke. It was then that the tumour was discovered.

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee on their wedding day

Debbie with Paul on their wedding day in 1988 (PA)


She told the BBC: “The way to describe Paul was that, yes, he did television shows and people knew who he was and he did shows for royalty and we flew around the world. You know we had a fairytale life and we were so happy together.

“But Paul as a person was like in the village, in the queue for the post office, either doing tricks on them or making them all laugh. And he was as happy doing that as he was walking on stage at the Palladium or doing a TV show or doing a show for the Royal Family. He loved people. He was interested in everybody.”

She said Paul had not known he was dying.

“Paul didn’t know at all. The tumour was pressing on the part of the brain that processes information. So although he was talking and communicating and knowing who I was and everything, he actually wasn’t taking in new information, which is actually quite hard to tell,” she said.

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