Thursday 26 April 2018

Sir Bruce Forsyth 'unlikely' to attend Ronnie Corbett's funeral after surgery

Sir Bruce Forsyth is recovering from keyhole surgery
Sir Bruce Forsyth is recovering from keyhole surgery

Sir Bruce Forsyth is unlikely to attend the funeral of Ronnie Corbett because he is still recovering after surgery, his manager has said.

The veteran entertainer is recuperating after a keyhole operation following a fall at his home last October and is taking longer to heal than hoped.

Corbett is due to be laid to rest on Monday at a private funeral in south east London.

Ian Wilson, Sir Bruce's manager, said: "I suspect he won't go because he is still convalescing. It is taking longer than we hoped so it is unlikely but I don't know."

Sir Bruce, 88, suffered a fall last October, causing a swelling of the main blood vessel from his heart, which required him to have surgery on the abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Corbett was one of Britain's best-loved entertainers and his partnership with Ronnie Barker in the BBC sketch show The Two Ronnies was one of the most popular of the 1970s and 1980s.

The funeral of Corbett will take place at St John the Evangelist Church, Shirley, followed by a short service at Croydon Crematorium, family friend Michael Thornton said.

It is expected the comedian's daughters will pay tribute, and a wake will follow at Addington Golf Club.

The former Strictly Come Dancing host led tributes and spoke of his sadness following the death of Corbett at the end of March.

In a statement at the time, Sir Bruce said: "I have lost a close and very dear friend and we have all lost one of the greatest comedians and entertainers this country has known."

Press Association

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