Carol Vorderman pens emotional message as Countdown creator Marcel Stellman dies aged 96

Carol Vorderman pens emotional message as Countdown creator Marcel Stellman dies aged 96

Carol Vorderman has paid tribute to Countdown creator Marcel Stellman (Image: GETTY•REX)

Marcel Stellman’s nephew announced the Countdown creator died last night. Carol Vorderman, 60, who was a maths whizz on the show for 26 years from 1982 until 2008, has 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.

A great life well lived

Carol Vorderman

“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.”

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Marcel Stellman's nephew announced the news of his death on Twitter

Marcel Stellman’s nephew announced the news of his death on Twitter (Image: TWITTER•MARCELSTELLMAN)

Carol Vorderman paid tribute to the late Marcel Stellman on Twitter

Carol Vorderman paid tribute to the late Marcel Stellman on Twitter (Image: TWITTER•CAROLVORDERMAN)

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.

As well as this, he presented schools and children’s radio programming throughout the 1940s and 50s.

Marcus Stellman: Tributes have flooded in for the Countdown creator

Marcus Stellman dead: Tributes have flooded in for the Countdown creator (Image: REX)

Carol Vorderman was a maths whizz on Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008

Carol Vorderman was a maths whizz on Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008 (Image: GETTY)

Other social media have paid tribute to the late producer today.

Greg Scott wrote: “So sorry, Mark. He really was the most amazing man.

“What a legacy he leaves behind. Please pass my fondest love on to Jeannie x.”

Another commented: “RIP. He leaves behind a great legacy of Countdown.”

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A third added: “He has a lovely mischievous face. It must have been fun working with him.”

Carol rose to fame on the Channel 4 show as the maths assistant alongside host Richard Whiteley in 1982.

The latter died in 2005 aged 61 days after undergoing heart surgery.

Carol paid tribute to her late colleague on his 15th death anniversary back in June.

Alongside a picture of the pair, she commented: “15 years ago today Richard Whiteley left our party.

“Together for 23 years, day in day out, we never missed a show.

“Thank you Whiters for the happiest of days from Series 1 to the day we parted. I loved you for all of that time and I love you still. Vorders.”(sic)

The show is currently fronted by Nick Hewer, who will be leaving the show later this year.

In February, it was announced Anne Robinson will become the show’s first female host as Nick’s replacement.

She will join the show’s lexicographer Susie Dent and current maths whizz Rachel Riley.

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