Breaking News! Foremost British Comedian Jim Bowen Dies At 80
British comedian Jim Bowen has passed on. The long-time host of the ITV game show Bullseye died aged 80 on March 14, 2018. His wife Phyllis confirmed the news.
Bowen’s long-running career
He was born Peter Williams and took on the name Bowen professionally. He started off as a deputy headmaster in North Lancashire before he began a career as a stand-up comedian in the 1960s.
It was the game show, Bullseye, that made him a household name. He stared presenting it in 1981 and famously said that he was the fifth choice to host the Sunday tea time show.
He ended up being a perfect fit, and the show ran for 14 years until it was cancelled. He, however, continued to work for radio stations and do stand-up tours.
He resigned from the live morning magazine program he hosted on Radio Lancashire after making a racist remark on air.
Series of strokes
Bowen suffered a series of strokes before his death on Wednesday. They incapacitated him and made performing difficult. Phyllis was by his bedside when he died.
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Friend of the family, John Pleus, said the moment was peaceful:
He passed away very peacefully, she was with him. We are all shedding a tear.
In 2011, after Bowen suffered two strokes, he said the experience had taught him to appreciate all the things in life.
The official Twitter page of the popular game show announced his death and thanked the comedian for his work:
We are devastated to announce that our friend & Bullseye presenter Jim Bowen has passed away. Our love and thoughts go out to Jim’s family.
Thank you for all the memories Jim, you will be greatly missed.
Andrew & Laura Wood
— Bullseye (@BullseyeTVshow) 14 March 2018
In his tribute, fellow comedian and Radio Lancashire presenter Ted Robbins said Bowen had lived as a generous and kind man.
Sad to hear that another great has passed away, Jim Bowen. A lovely gentleman and a funny guy. Made one of my earliest radio appearances on his show. For many he will be remembered for Bullseye but for us @BBCLancashire it’s his “Happy Daft Farm” ! RIP legend and friend xx
— Steve Royle (@steveroylecomic) 14 March 2018
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 pic.twitter.com/1tW1XRZvxn
— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) 14 March 2018
Imagine Stephen Hawking’s surprise when he not only finds out there is an afterlife, but on entering it gets presented with a bendy Bully and 30 quid in used fivers. RIP, Jim Bowen.
— Claire C (@wotclaire) 14 March 2018
Bowen was known for a number of catchphrases including "Super, smashing, great", "You can’t beat a bit of Bully!" and "Let’s look at what you could have won". His legacy lives on and he will be greatly missed.