Comedian Phil Butler dies suddenly aged 51

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Comedian and magician Phil Butler has died at the age of 51.

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His sudden demise was announced by his agents on social media.

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The magician and comedian passed away at the age of 51
Fellow celebs paid tribute to the favorite comedian

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Fellow celebs paid tribute to the favorite comediancredit: instagram/philbuttlerook

A spokesperson for Chris Davis Management confirmed the British star’s passing on Twitter, writing: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our friend and client Phil Butler.

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“Our thoughts are with his friends and family. The world is a poor place without him.”

Devastated friends and fellow well-known faces rushed to pay tribute to the “class act” who made history as the first comedian to perform for frontline troops in Afghanistan.

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Strictly’s Craig Ravel-Horwood wrote on Twitter: “My thoughts are with me at this time @philbutleruk family and friends.

“RIP lovely talented man. What a terrible shock. We worked on Panto Cinderella together and he was a wonderful kind dude.

“We spent Christmas Day and New Year’s together, had a really wonderful time. I will miss you very much.”

Comedian and writer Shaparak Khorsandi said: “Rest in peace Phil. One of us is gone too soon.

“For 20 years I’ve looked at the running order when I went to a club and went ‘Oh fab! Phil Butler on’.

“Such a laugh on the street. I asked about his UFO tattoo in Dubai and liked the way he told The Story. A class act.”

Actor Tristan Gemil said: “I just heard the devastating news about Phil Butler. A wonderfully funny man passed away too soon.

“My thoughts and best wishes are with his family and friends.”

The late star was a talented witty and magician, famous in the corporate and cruise ship circuits.

As well as doing hilarious stand-up routines, the comedian also played the lead in a pantomime and wrote material for America’s Got Talent winner Paul Zardin.

Let Phil also starred in Panto and wrote side-splitting material for other comedians.

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Let Phil also starred in Panto and wrote side-splitting material for other comedians.credit: instagram/philbuttlerook

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