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Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV fable dies aged 89

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Sir Bruce Forsyth, the maestro hostess and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89.

The former Strictly Come Dancing horde had been indisposed for some time and was in hospital progressing this year after a serious chest infection.

His prolonged career in showbusiness began when he was aged just 14.

He became Britain’s best-paid TV star, famous for hosting diversion shows like The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right.

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He also presented BBC One’s Strictly with Tess Daly from 2004 to 2014.

Media captionFormer BBC authority Lord Grade: Sir Bruce “still had wink in eye”

A matter from his manager Ian Wilson pronounced he died “peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children”.

“A couple of weeks ago, a crony visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months. With a wink in his eye, he responded, ‘I’ve been very, very busy… being ill!'” he added.

Sir Bruce’s family thanked “the many people who have sent cards and letters to Bruce wishing him good over his prolonged illness”, adding there would be no serve criticism at the moment.

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Sir Bruce was a domicile name by the 1960s

Tributes have been paid by his friends and admirers in the showbusiness world. Sir Bruce’s Strictly co-host Tess Daly pronounced she was “heartbroken”.

“From the moment we met, Bruce and we did zero but giggle the way by a decade of operative together on Strictly Come Dancing and we will never forget his generosity, his shining clarity of humour and his drive to perform the audiences he so loved,” she said.

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Former Strictly judge Len Goodman also paid tribute, saying: “As prolonged as we can remember there has always been Bruce on the TV.

“His work ethic, professionalism and attract will be with me forever. Bruce it was good to see you to see you nice.”

Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman, who transposed Sir Bruce after he left the show, tweeted that he was “the King of TV, the Prince of performers and the many inexhaustible of people… all toe-tapping twinkle, all kindness, all love….

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“The Bruce you saw really was the man he was. We’ll skip him so much.”

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood added: “Extremely unhappy to hear the news of Bruce’s passing. A loyal fable and inhabitant treasure. He will be deeply missed but always remembered.”

Former judge Arlene Phillips pronounced the hostess was an “indestructible titan, daub dancing his way by life”.

She added: “Working with him on Strictly was privately a joy. His unconstrained teasing of my judging style, quite with clever sportsmen, was an ongoing joke.

“His huge support after we was let go from the Strictly row meant so much.”

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First TV performance, Come and Be Televised

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Last TV performance, Strictly Children in Need Special

  • 5 years The Bruce Forsyth Show

  • 10 years The Generation Game

  • 14 years Play your cards right

  • 2 catchphrases Didn’t he do well? Nice to see you, to see you nice.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Theresa May pronounced the country had “lost a inhabitant treasure”, adding: “Like millions of others, for years we watched Sir Bruce dance, sing, fun laugh. He will be sorely missed.”

BBC executive ubiquitous Lord Hall described Sir Bruce as “one of the biggest entertainers the country has ever known”.

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck added: “He could do it all. He was pretentious and he was a good entertainer. He could dance, he was a very good pianist, he was good at sketches, he was the biggest moaner in the universe on the golf course, and he was a singular crony to me.”

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Sir Bruce and Lady Forsyth married in 1983

Former discuss show horde Sir Michael Parkinson described the hostess as “funny” and “irrepressible”.

Sir Michael also praised Sir Bruce’s ability to conduct his career, saying: “He was very shrewd – we only know about the shows he pronounced approbation to, what we don’t know are the hundreds of ideas he said, ‘That’s not for me.’ He had the smartness – that’s the sign of a good star.”

BBC Radio 4 presenter Nicholas Parsons combined that he was “devoted” to Sir Bruce.

“He had good charm, good humour – he was an all-round performer. He was one of the country’s many gifted players – a good dancer, good thespian and a comedian and also very good actor. The way he ran a diversion show was well-developed – a singular talent. He was a lovely man.”

The Beano tweeted a picture of Sir Bruce which seemed in the comic in 2008, describing him as an “entertainment legend”.

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Sir Bruce had not been seen in open recently, due to ill health. He was too thin to attend the funerals of close friends Ronnie Corbett and Sir Terry Wogan last year.

In 2015, the presenter underwent keyhole medicine after pang two aneurysms, which were detected following a tumble at his Surrey home.


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