Piers Morgan and Paddy McGuinness lead celebrity tributes to late Bullseye host

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PIERS Morgan and Paddy McGuinness led the celebrity tributes to 80s TV legend Jim Bowen.

The Bullseye host died this morning at his home aged 80.

 Jim Bowen's famous friends have paid tribute to the TV star after he died aged 80

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Jim Bowen’s famous friends have paid tribute to the TV star after he died aged 80

Following the sad news, Jim’s famous pals sent sweet messages of condolences to Jim’s wife Phyllis, who was with him when he died.

Good Morning Britain star Piers tweeted: “RIP Jim ‘Bullseye’ Bowen, 80. He was super, smashing, great.”

Comedian Paddy McGuinness added: “Man this week sucks! RIP Jim Bowen. It was a pleasure to spend the day with him while filming his scenes for Phoenix Nights. “Sunshine indoors” Frank ‘Hoss’ Cartwright.”

TV chef James Martin posted a touching note on Twitter, telling his fans: “NO No. Not Jim Bowen as well.

 Piers Morgan and astrologer Russell Grant led the messages of condolences

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Piers Morgan and astrologer Russell Grant led the messages of condolences

“Part of my childhood has gone . RIP to the best game show host and a lovely man.”

Darts player Eric Bristow told his fans: “RIP Jim Bowen, I done every year of Bullseye and 10 Xmas shows and had 15 days with him on the QE2.

“I played Darts in the afternoon and he played with his band at night, we had some late nights haha, Great memories!”

Boxer Frank Bruno told his followers he had worked with Jim over the years and that he would be sorely missed.

 Jim delighted contestants and audiences alike with his friendly banter and catchphrases including: 'Let's look at what you could have won.'

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Jim delighted contestants and audiences alike with his friendly banter and catchphrases including: ‘Let’s look at what you could have won.’

He added: “Jim Bowen RIP great comic we worked together many times had a lot of laughs together.

“Jim & Ken Dodd sad time for the entertainment industry.”

Comedian Jim Davidson also paid tribute, telling his Twitter followers: “RIP Jim Bowen. Great guy.”

Actor Will Mellor said: “Sad news about Jim Bowen! You can’t beat a bit of bully!!”

Russell Grant followed suit and told his fans: “Sad news coming in… The former comedian, TV and Radio presenter Jim Bowen has died, aged 80. RIP Jim.”

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John Clayton, Editor of Radio Lancashire told The Sun Online: “Jim joined the team at BBC Radio Lancashire in 1999 making his radio debut at the tender age of 63, presenting the programme that became known as the Happy Daft Farm.

“Every day was a joy as he took our listeners on a radio adventure where no-one was ever quite sure about the destination, least of all Jim. Sketches, competitions, interviews and even ‘talent’ shows, Jim handled them all in his unique, irreverent and delightfully shambolic way, but his humanity and his love of life and the people of Lancashire always shone through.

“In an interview to mark his 80th birthday, Jim said that the years spent on the Happy Daft Farm were the best and happiest of his long career in entertainment and all of us at BBC Radio Lancashire were delighted and proud to share them with him.  Our thoughts are with Phyllis, Pete and Sue.”

Former Bullseye host and comedian Jim Bowen dies at 80

Family friend John Pleus told PA: “He passed away very peacefully, she was with him. We are all shedding a tear.

“I’ve known him since the Bullseye days.

“It wasn’t completely unexpected, he’s been ill for several weeks in hospital.

“The Royal Lancaster Infirmary were wonderful, we couldn’t have asked for better.

“As with people getting on, Jim has had several strokes, one in 2011. Strokes just make you weaker and more susceptible to infections but we don’t know what the cause of death will be.”

Jim presented Bullseye from 1981 to 1995, before turning his hand to radio where he ran a live morning programme on BBC Radio Lancashire from 1999 to 2003.

He also enjoyed acting roles and appeared in Peter Kay’s hit series Phoenix Nights and in BBC drama Jonathan Creek.

Bowen had previous endured difficulties with his health and was hospitalised in 2016 after suffering a stroke.


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