Sir Bruce Forsyth, veteran entertainer, and star of British TV dies aged 89
Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer, and presenter of many successful TV shows have died aged 89.
The former Strictly Come Dancing presenter had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection.
His long career in show business began when he was aged just 14.
He 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.
He also presented BBC One’s Strictly with Tess Daly from 2004 to 2014.
A statement from 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.
“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!’”
Sir Bruce’s family expressed 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”.
They said there would be no further comment at the moment and asked for their privacy to be respected “at this most difficult time”.