TV Legend Sir Bruce Forsyth Passes Away At 89

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A true British legend. This was all before the show went live.

"Above all, his phenomenal tap dancing skills will always remain with me".

Sir Bruce had not been seen in public recently, due to ill health.

If it had ever been in doubt, his status as a national treasure was assured. "He will be missed by many generations".

TV personality, entertainer and close friend of Sir Bruce, Des O'Connor, told the Press Association: "This is incredibly sad news". He was a part of my telly viewing from my teens. He didn't like being typecast as a game show host but if the show had a chance, he would sign up.

After finding fame, he made his West End musical debut in 1964 in a show called Little Me, about fictional Hollywood diva Belle Poitrine.

"I used to pop round to his dressing room and chat about stars he met".

"I am so sad as I was a massive fan and was in awe of his professionalism". Which one did you watch? "In his words You're My Favourite RIP".

A statement from his manager Ian Wilson said he died "peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children".

Sir Bruce was well-known as the face of some of Britain's most successful shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and The Price is Right.

Forsyth was "one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known", according to BBC's Sir Tony Hall.

"A true showman and consummate entertainer, Bruce was held in deep affection by generations who loved his ready wit, sparkling repartee and versatility as a performer".

"Cole wrote: "'You must be Brendan?' he asked (a moment I will never forget) and it was at this moment he showed an understanding of being the man in charge and the man that all of us looked to, to lead us on this new and exciting journey. "We'll miss him so much".

Forsyth won over a new audience with "Strictly", which has since inspired numerous worldwide spin-offs included "Dancing with the Stars".

Dame Barbara Windsor said it was the end of a show business era and called Sir Bruce the last of the truly all round great entertainers the United Kingdom has produced.

"I'd liked to have made it in America very much indeed, but it wasn't to be and I think I would have gone back there again and kept going on having a go for America", he said. I toured with him in the early days. "It's a sad day".

The performance was mainly Sir Bruce on his own - except for a brief dance interlude with two glamorous female dancers. Sending all my love to his family. His passing brings down the curtain on what is already becoming a lost era of family entertainment.

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