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TV legend Sir Bruce Forsyth dies, aged 89: Sue Perkins and Stephen Fry lead tributes

Mayer Nissim August 18, 2017
Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth (Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89.

The TV legend and all-round-entertainer was perhaps best known for hosting a number of hit TV gameshows.

As well as being the original host of Strictly Come Dancing, Sir Bruce also fronted shows like The Generation Game, The Price is Right and Play Your Cards Right.

Bruce Forsyth (BBC)
Bruce Forsyth (BBC)

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!”

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.”

He added: “I’ve never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd.

“He had 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.”

Tributes have flooded in from the world of entertainment since the news of his passing was confirmed.

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