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American standup comedian and magician John Edward Szeles has died aged 63 following a heart disease battle.
John, who is one of the most successful solo comic magicians in US history, sadly passed away Tuesday.
His death was announced by fellow comic Penny Wiggins on Facebook.
She said: "Johnathan Szeles (Amazing Johnathan ) has passed away at around 11:30 pm 2/22/22.
“My heart is broken. One of my best friends, one of the funniest humans I’ve ever met. I loved him so very much and will never forget this wonderful, amazing, kind, funny, great person.”
His death comes after his wife Anastasia Synn posted on Facebook to say that she was "losing" him as he was "completely unresponsive."
She wrote: "I am losing my honey beeps. I'm so sad and feel like this is carving a hole in my chest. He is COMPLETELY unresponsive. He is end stage. Please give us peace at this time. Texting him or trying to call him needs to stop now please.
"His decline was fast, but it also wasn't. He is so strong. He has beaten the odds for so long. I know you all love him so much and everyone wants to say goodbye. It won't be possible For most of you after all, but please know his family, Penny & Joel have had their moments and he is snuggled and loved by his girl constantly.
"This has destroyed me and thankfully I'm medicated with amazing support from home hospice nurses and appreciate the help offers, but need peace with him. Snuggles.
"The last week has been an absolute nightmare. I don't think we thought this day would ever come because he is so strong and has beaten it so many times. Thank you for all the well wishes, but as the news spreads it's getting overwhelming and I'm going to to have to take a step back. I love you and thank you for your support."
John was given a devastating “a serious heart condition", diagnosis in March 2007, according to the Las Vegas Journal review.
He announced during a public appearance in 2014: "I was told I have a year to live."
His official website later announced he was suffering from cardiomyopathy but said as a result of weight loss and blood thinners his health was improving.
John made a record 24 appearances on Fox's Comic Strip Live.
In 2011 John was a regular performer at Las Vegas' Harmon Theater.
John picked up a host of gongs through his career including the Best Comedian award from the Las Vegas Review Journal.
He also won Comedian of the Year from Nevada Magazine, and was named in the Top Ten Acts in Vegas.
John started his career as a street performer in San Francisco.
He later took part in The 8th Annual Young Comedians Show in 1983 before hosting US game show Ruckus.
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