Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter has died after 75 year long career in showbusiness

18 August 2017, 6:02pm
Last updated on 18 August 2017, 6:07pm
TV staple and veteran entertainer Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89.

The Price is Right star and former Strictly Come Dancing presenter had been sick for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection.

His long career in showbusiness began when he at the young age of 14.

Forsyth quickly became Britain’s best-paid TV star, famous for hosting game shows like The Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right.

In a statement, 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.

Sir Bruce's family expressed their gratitude 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".