Legendary TV entertainer and presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away aged 89 after a long period of illness. He is survived by Wilnelia and six children.
In a statement released this afternoon, his long-time 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”.
After starting at a young age, Sir Bruce Forsyth went on to become one of the iconic faces of the industry. He was THE face of Saturday night entertainment and audiences everywhere knew his many catchphrases, especially “nice to see you, to see you nice.” During his career he presented a plethora of shows including The Generation Game, The Price is Right and Strictly Come Dancing. He stepped down as Strictly presenter in 2014.
BBC Director-General Tony Hall paid tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth. “Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known”, he said. 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.”