The actor and magician was 51 years old.
The Twitter post which announced his death said: “It is with immense sadness that we must announce the passing of our friend and client Phil Butler. “
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He added, “Our hearts go out to his friends and family. The world is a poorer place without it. “
Phil was scheduled to appear in a Robin Hood panto at the Theater Royal in Nottingham in December.
In addition to comedy and panto shows, Phil was also a talented magician and entertained himself on cruise ships.
He also received the Operational Service Medal for his time spent entertaining troops in Afghanistan.
Famous friends have also taken to Twitter to share their condolences.
Jason Manford said: “I was so sorry to hear of the death of the always funny and charming Phil Butler.
“I have had many memorable gigs with him on the tour, including a crazy weekend of shows at BCM Square in Magaluf! “
Comedian Shaparak Khorsandi posted: “Rest in peace Phil. Another of us left too early. For 20 years I looked at the running order when I went to a club and said “oh fabulous! Phil Butler is on “. Such a laugh on the road.
She added: “In Dubai I asked about his UFO tattoo and loved the way he told the story. A class act. “
Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist John Archer wrote: “I just heard we lost the lovely Phil Butler.
“So sad, a true lover of the scene. So tonight, my little nonsense on stage is dedicated to him. “
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