Saturday 18 November 2017

TV veteran Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

Sir Bruce Forsyth was the longest-running host of The Generation Game (BBC)
Sir Bruce Forsyth was the longest-running host of The Generation Game (BBC)
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TV veteran Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, his family has announced.

The statement read: "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.

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

"With a twinkle in his eye, he responded "I've been very, very busy... being ill!" Unfortunately, not long after this, his health deteriorated and he contracted bronchial pneumonia.

File photo dated 30/06/13 of Sir Bruce Forsyth performing on the Avalon stage at the Glastonbury 2013 Festival, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
File photo dated 30/06/13 of Sir Bruce Forsyth performing on the Avalon stage at the Glastonbury 2013 Festival, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
File photo dated 20/4/08 of Bruce Forsyth with the Bafta Fellowship award during the British Academy Television Awards at the London Palladium in central London, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo Yui Mok/PA Wireholder.
File photo dated 12/06/98 of Sir Bruce Forsyth in the garden of his Surrey home celebrating being awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire
File photo dated 22/02/08 of Bruce Forsyth joined by Miss Puerto Rico (left) and Miss England to celebrate his 80th birthday at the Dorchester Hotel in London, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wireholder.
File photo dated 25/01/12 of Sir Bruce Forsyth and Wilnelia Forsyth arriving for the 2012 NTA Awards at the O2 in Greenwich, London, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wireholder.
File photo dated 21/05/12 of Bruce Forsyth with his wife, Wilnelia, after being presented with a '10 for 10' award for their work with children without families, by charity Every Child, at the Landsdowne Club in London, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
File photo dated 22/06/11 of Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia in the Royal Box on Centre Court during Day Three of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/10/11 of Bruce Forsyth after he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/06/09 of Bruce Forsyth making his trademark pose before presenting the trophy to the winner of the Jersey Stakes at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
File photo dated 10/07/05 of Sir Bruce Forsyth with Dame Vera Lynn (centre) and Petula Clark (left) as they sing a rendition of "We'll Meet Again" during a show, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire
File photo dated 26/01/11 of Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly during the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89.. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/10/11 of Sir Bruce Forsyth being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
File photo dated 06/05/05 of Sir Bruce Forsyth with the bust of himself which was created by Forsyth's son-in-law Dominic Grant, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo : Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 03/05/59 of film and TV star Jeannie Carson receiving a surprise gift, a Cairn terrier puppy, from host Sir Bruce Forsyth after the 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium' show, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo : PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 07/11/77 of Bruce Forsyth dancing in a West End street where he announced he is to star in a new musical, The Bricusse and Newley Travelling Music Show, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. . Photo: PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 28/06/79 of Jimmy Hill, former managing director of Coventry City FC and Sir Bruce Forsyth at Heathrow Airport as they leave for Tobago to take part in a charity golf tournament, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: PA
File photo dated 27/09/15 of Sir Bruce Forsyth discussing his new book Strictly Bruce, at the Radio Times Festival on the Green at Hampton Court Palace in London, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
File photo dated 23/03/60 of Sir Bruce Forsyth with his former wife Penny as he arrives at the private wing of University College Hospital in London, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo : PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/06/69 of Cilla Black, with choreographer Lionel Blair (centre) and Bruce Forsyth in Leeds, as the veteran entertainer has died aged 89. Photo: PA Wire

"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.

"There will be no further comment at the moment and it would be much appreciated if the privacy of Sir Bruce's family is respected at this most difficult time."

BBC Director-General, Tony Hall said: "Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known. He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades, with shows like the Generation Game and, most recently, Strictly. His warmth and his wit were legendary.

"I've never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience - that's what made him such an amazing professional and why he was so loved.

"He has been part of all of our lives, and we'll miss him dearly."

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