Legendary broadcaster and entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89, his family has confirmed.
In a statement this afternoon, his family said he died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children.
The statement read: ‘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 eighteen 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.
‘There will be no further comment at the moment and it would be much appreciated if the privacy of Sir Bruce’s family is respected at this most difficult time.’
Sir Bruce is loved around the country for his 75-year TV career presenting shows including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing.
Fans, viewers and leading figures in showbusiness expressed their sadness and grief today after it was announced Sir Bruce had passed away.
It comes after a series of health scares for the TV star, who was rushed to hospital with a severe chest infection earlier this year.