Jim, a former deputy headmaster, began his career as a stand-up comedian in clubs in the 1960s, but became a household name when he hosted darts-based quiz show "Bullseye" in 1991.
He presented a live morning magazine programme on Radio Lancashire from 1999 to 2003.
Bowen fronted the much-loved show from its inception in September 1981, right through to its final episode 14 series later in 1995. Our thoughts are with Jim's family and friends at this sad time.
In 1981, Bowen was appointed presenter of Bullseye, which mixed general knowledge questions with darts.
Tributes have flooded in for the star, including from comedian Jim Davidson who took to Twitter to pay tribute, writing: "RIP Jim Bowen".
The advent of Granada TV's The Comedians gave him the opportunity to appear on national TV, which helped persuade him to become a full-time entertainer.
He played a crooked accountant in ITV's 1982 drama Muck and Brass, and later guest starred in BBC1's Jonathan Creek and Channel 4's Phoenix Nights.
His "super, smashing, great" and 'now look what you could have won...' catchphrases helped turn him into a cult figure.
"All I know is that my mother, whoever she was, could not keep me", he said in an interview in 2015.
In 2011, Bowen said he had learned to "appreciate all the things in life" after suffering two strokes. "He left them in ruins with laughter", he told Radio Lancashire past year.
Bowen died just two days after Dodd.
He passed away this morning with wife Phyllis by his side but it is not clear how Bowen, who had suffered several strokes over the years, died. "We are all shedding a tear", Pleus said.
Bowen's agent, Martin, said: "I will very sadly miss Jim. He was a very lovely, genuine man".