Countdown creator Marcel Stellman died last night, his nephew has confirmed on Twitter. Carol Vorderman, who was a maths whizz on the show for 26 years from 1982 until 2008, led tributes. The show boss’ nephew wrote: “It is with our deepest sorrow we share with you news of the death of our beloved Uncle – Marcel Stellman, 96, who passed away late last night.
“Marcel is survived by his beloved wife Jean.”
Carol commented: “I am so sorry to hear this news Mark….x
“Marcel and Jeanie and I had so many very happy decades together, forging a path for Countdown in the early days and working hard together to make it the juggernaut it then became.
“Happy days. A great life well lived.”
His cause of death is yet to be revealed.
Marcel brought the French show Des chiffres et des lettres to the UK as Countdown.
He was also a record producer and a lyricist, who wrote songs for Tony Bennett, Cilla Black and Charles Aznavour.
Throughout the 1940s and 50s, he presented schools and children’s radio programming.
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