Paul died aged 81 after a fall at his home (Image: Daily Mirror)
Daily Mirror legend Paul Callan has died aged 81.
Paul was one of the biggest characters in the Mirror’s 117 year history.
He died after a fall at home.
Paul had an extraordinary career with the Mirror and was one of the most colourful and much loved journalists on Fleet Street.
He reported for the Mirror from all over the world including the Falklands and China and interviewed the Kray twins inside Broadmoor.
Daily Mirror editor Alison Phillips said: “Paul was a legend of the Mirror newsroom.
“A master of the written world who covered some of the biggest stories of his generation, he was also a friend and mentor to younger reporters.
Paul Callan listens to conversation between Prince Charles, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan
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“He will always be remembered and very much missed.”
Former Mirror editor Piers Morgan said: “Paul was a wonderful writer whose copy always sizzled with great flair.
“He was also one of the great characters in Fleet Street history, a fabulous raconteur and enormously good fun at any social gathering.
Paul reported for the Mirror from all over the world
(Image: Daily Mirror)
“The Daily Mirror was hugely enriched by his journalism and his presence in the newsroom."
Radio host Mike Graham described him as a “true Fleet Street giant”.
Paul’s daughter Jessica was one of the Daily Mirror’s first 3AM girls in our ground-breaking showbiz column.
Paul Callan outside Bothan in Isle Of Lewis in 1980
In a poignant post on Facebook she said: “I’m heartbroken to have to say that my father Paul Callan died today.
“He had been unwell for some time and was recently diagnosed with cancer which he wanted to keep quiet.
"So unlike him to want to keep anything quiet!
“But he had a fall in the early hours of today and passed away very quickly.
Paul interviewing Sirhan Sirhan at Soledad Prison, California, in 1979
“He wanted a huge, great send-off at St Bride’s so we will arrange a memorial next year when we can all see each other.
“Raise a toast to him in the meantime, if you can.
"He would have loved that.”
Paul is survived by his wife of 47 years, Steffi, former news editor of NBC News’ London bureau, daughter Jessica, son Jamie and his two grandchildren Scarlett and Gabriel.