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Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89


Sir Bruce Forsyth, the former Strictly Come Dancing host, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89.

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Sir Bruce and Lady Forsyth married in 1983

It is reported that he had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection.

His long career in showbusiness began when he was aged just 14.

Sir Bruce became Britain's best-paid TV star, famous for hosting game shows like The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right.

A statement from his manager Ian Wilson said he died "peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children".

"A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months.

With a twinkle in his eye, he responded, 'I've been very, very busy... being ill!'" he added.

Sir Bruce's family thanked "the many people who have sent cards and letters to Bruce wishing him well over his long illness", adding there would be no further comment at the moment.

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Tributes have been paid by his friends and admirers in the showbusiness world. Sir Bruce's Strictly co-host Tess Daly said she was "heartbroken".

"From the moment we met, Bruce and I did nothing but laugh our way through a decade of working together on Strictly Come Dancing and I will never forget his generosity, his brilliant sense of humour and his drive to entertain the audiences he so loved," she said.

Former Strictly judge Len Goodman also paid tribute, saying: "As long as I can remember there has always been Bruce on our TV.

"His work ethic, professionalism and charm will be with me forever. Bruce it was nice to see you to see you nice."

Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman, who replaced Sir Bruce after he left the show, tweeted that he was "the King of TV, the Prince of performers and the most generous of people... all toe-tapping twinkle, all kindness, all love.

Sir Bruce was a household name by the 1960s (GETTY IMAGES)

"The Bruce you saw really was the man he was. We'll miss him so much."

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood added: "Extremely sad to hear the news of Bruce's passing. A true legend and national treasure. He will be deeply missed but always remembered."

Former judge Arlene Phillips said the entertainer was an "indestructible titan, tap dancing his way through life".

She added: "Working with him on Strictly was personally a joy.

His endless teasing of my judging style, particularly with strong sportsmen, was an ongoing joke.

"His enormous support after I was let go from the Strictly panel meant so much."

Culled from BBC

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