Adorned Bullseye TV show host Jim Bowen has died at age 80

Adorned Bullseye TV show host Jim Bowen has died at age 80

He became a household name presenting Bullseye in 1981, which attracted 20 million viewers at its peak.

Born Peter Williams in Heswall on the Wirral in 1937, Bowen was adopted as a baby by Annie and Joe Whittaker from Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, taking the name James Whittaker.

Boxer Frank Bruno also paid his respects, tweeting: 'Jim Bowen RIP great comic we worked together many times had a lot of laughs together.

"By accident, Bullseye's catchphrases took off including, "Look at what you could have won", "keep out of the black, and in the red; nothing in this game for two in a bed" and 'BFH - your bus fare home'".

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Before becoming one of the public's favourite presenters, Jim completed two years' national service and went on to become a PE teacher in Lancashire.

He also enjoyed cameo roles in dramas such as Last Of The Summer Wine as well as roles in Jonathan Creek and in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights.

The pair had two children, Susan and Peter and were married for 59 years at the time of his death. "We are all shedding a tear", John Pleus, a family friend, said.

'I didn't show them I was proud of them, though I think they knew, ' he once said.

Bowen presented a morning radio show for Radio Lancashire between 1999 and 2002 but resigned after making a racist remark on air.

"As with people getting on, Jim has had several strokes, one in 2011".

After recovering, he started performing on comedy circuits, before suffering a third stroke in 2014.

Tributes have poured in for the star across social media.

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