Comedian and magician Phil Butler, the first to entertain British troops in Afghanistan, dies suddenly aged 51
- Comedian Mr. Butler is said to have died over the weekend
- His agent Chris Davis said his death left everyone with “immense sadness”
- Mr. Butler was well known on the circuit and popular with fans
Comedian and magician Phil Butler has passed away suddenly, sparking tributes from the entertainment industry.
The comic, 51, is believed to have died this weekend, with his agent confirming the sad news on Monday.
A spokesperson for Chris Davis Management said: “It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of our friend and client Phil Butler.
“Our hearts are with his friends and family.
“The world is a poorer place without it.
Mr. Butler was well known on the comedy circuit and frequently performed at corporate concerts.
He was also a popular artist on cruise ships and toured extensively.
His girlfriend Hannah Brown was reportedly devastated by the news.
Mr Butler had just finished a run at Cromer with his girlfriend Hannah Brown, pictured
The comedian and magician had been cast in a pantomime which was due to begin in December of this year.
Most recently, he had completed a run in Norfolk at the Cromer Pier show, where he appeared at every performance.
Mr. Butler was also the first comedian to perform for troops on the front line in Afghanistan.
The importance of his visit was recognized when he received the Operational Service Medal.
He also starred in pantomime and wrote for other artists, including America’s Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin.
He was the first comedian to perform for troops in Afghanistan and received a medal for it
The artist was honored by a galaxy of mourning stars after news of his death
Comedians and celebrities quickly paid tribute to the sad news.
Craig Revel Horwood of Strictly Come Dancing tweeted: “My thoughts right now are with family and friends @philbutleruk. RIP handsome talented man.
‘What a terrible shock. We worked together on panto Cinderella and he was a wonderful, kind friend.
“We spent Christmas Day and New Years together, we had a really fabulous time. I will miss you terribly. We had so many good times together.
According to Chortle, Paul Kerensa wrote: “I can’t believe the wonderful Phil Butler is no longer with us.
‘Always sparkling with energy + joy + comic humor. We saw him in panto – my children howled with laughter.
“With every stand-up concert, he stole the show. Far too young, one of the best. Thanks for the laughs, Phil. ‘
Benidorm star Asa Eliott said: Completely devastated by news of Phil Butler’s passing. One of the funniest people I have ever had the privilege of calling my friend.
Britain’s Got Talent impressionist and finalist Danny Posthill added: “So shocked and saddened by the death of Phil Butler. A great comedian who was so much fun to be around. Sleep well my friend. ‘
Her cause of death is currently unknown.