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Jim Bowen dies ages 80

The comedian became a household name in the 1980s thanks to the cult darts game show Bullseye

Bowen became a household name in the 1980s thanks to the cult darts game show Bullseye and for his much-loved catchphrase "you can't beat a bit of Bully".

A former headmaster, born in Lancashire, he had started his career in the 1960s but found fame with the much-loved Bullseye.

He presented the show from 1981 to 1995, before turning his hand to radio where he ran a show on BBC Lancashire from 1999 to 2003.

He also enjoyed acting roles and appeared in  Peter Kaye'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.

Tributes have flooded in for the star, including from comedian Jim Davidson who took to Twitter to pay tribute, writing: 'RIP Jim Bowen. Great guy'

 

 

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