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Bullseye star Jim Bowen dies aged 80

Jim Bowen, who presented the cult darts-based game show Bullseye, has died at the age of 80.

Family friend John Plews told Sky News that Bowen died on Wednesday morning with his wife Phyllis by his side.

“He passed away very peacefully, she was with him. We are all shedding a tear. It wasn’t completely unexpected, he’s been ill for several weeks in hospital,” he said.

Bowen achieved cult status in Bullseye, a game show where contestants threw darts and answered basic general knowledge questions to progress.

His catchphrases, such as “super, smashing, great”, “let’s see what you could have won” and “you can’t beat a bit of Bully” made him a household name.

The show, which ran between 1981 and 1995, was watched by over 12 million viewers, and was especially popular among students

Rest in peace Jim

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