Sir Bruce Forsyth dies, aged 89
Veteran TV show host and entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth has died, aged 89. In an announcement made this afternoon by his manager Ian Wilson said: "It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.”
Sir Bruce had been in ill health in recent months, having been admitted to hospital earlier this year with a severe chest infection, and the statement from his family addressed and thanked all of the support they had received: "The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have sent cards and letters to Bruce wishing him well over his long illness and know that they will share in part, the great, great loss they feel.”
His passing brings down the curtain on career in entertainment that has spanned an incredible seven decades, having begun working in pantomimes at the age of just 14. Sir Bruce's big break came in the 1950s as host of primetime variety show Saturday Night at the London Palladium, beginning a near-constant presence on British screens in a television career that saw him host a string of well-loved TV shows including The Generation Game, The Price Is Right and Strictly Come Dancing, co-presenting the latter for a decade before stepping down in 2014.
A skilled dancer, singer and actor, as well as a recipient of a lifetime achievement from the Royal Television Society in 2009, Sir Bruce had become a national treasure and was a much-loved pillar of the entertainment community. Since the announcement this afternoon tributes have been pouring in from those who knew and worked with him, some of which you can find below.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family. RIP Brucie.
I grew up watching and loving #SirBruceForsyth on TV. Last of the true all-rounders and a true pro. Goodnight Bruce.— Jonathan Ross (@wossy) 18 August 2017
Saddened to hear that Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away. One of television's great entertainers. Didn't he do well. #RIPBrucie— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 18 August 2017
RIP Sir Bruce Forsyth, a national treasure who entertained thousands from our stage on numerous occasions since his debut here in 1965. pic.twitter.com/WtBFe4UlfX— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) 18 August 2017
Didn't he do well.— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) 18 August 2017
RIP Sir Bruce.