Veteran British TV presenter MAGNUS MAGNUSSON has died. He was 77. Magnusson, who was best known for presenting BBC television show MASTERMIND for 25 years beginning in 1972, announced in October (06) that he had been diagnosed with cancer. BBC director general Mark Thompson says, "For millions of viewers Magnus Magnusson was one of the defining faces and voices of the BBC. "To the contestants of Mastermind, he was a tough but always fair question master, but behind this screen persona there was a family man of tremendous warmth and humanity. "All our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time, and everyone at the BBC will share their tremendous sense of loss." Magnusson was born in Iceland in 1929, before moving to Scotland as a one-year-old. He was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 and is survived by his wife and four children.