Sir Bruce Forsyth, best known for hosting The Generation Game and Strictly Come Dancing, has died at the age of 89. The TV entertainer died at his home on Friday afternoon, with his wife, Wilnelia, and his children beside him. He had recently contracted bronchial pneumonia.
His manager, Ian Wilson, said in a statement: “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!’ Unfortunately, not long after this, his health deteriorated and he contracted bronchial pneumonia.
“The family would like to express 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.”
Wilson asked that the privacy of Forsyth’s family be respected. Since news of his death broke, broadcasting stars who worked alongside Forsyth have been posting their tributes on social media.