Sir Bruce Forsyth has sadly died aged 89 after contracting bronchial pneumonia.
The news of his death was confirmed by his family in a statement on August 18 – the day of his death – that 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.”
Celebrities have paid tribute to the star following the sad news of his passing as “Sir Bruce Forsyth” and “RIP Brucie” began to trend online.
“RIP Sir Bruce Forsyth, 89. One of Britain’s greatest ever entertainers & a lovely man. Very sad news,” wrote Piers Morgan.
“Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away. Very very sad news” added actor Derek Griffiths.
“Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89,” tweeted BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth. “His career spanned more than 75 years. A wonderful entertainer and a charming man.”
“Very sad news about Bruce Forsyth,” tweeted out comedian Matt Edmonson. “An entertainment institution.”
Strictly professional dancer James Jordan wrote; “Can’t tell you how sad I am to hear Sir Bruce Forsyth has died this afternoon. A wonderful man and an absolute legend.”
Paddy McGuinness added that he was a “legend.”
Sir Bruce is survived by his wife Wilnelia Merced and his 6 children, Julie Forsyth, Louisa Forsyth, Debbie Matthews, Jonathan Joseph Forsyth, Laura Forsyth, Charlotte Forsyth.
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