Bruce Forsyth dead at 89

Bruce Forsyth dead at 89

Sir Bruce Forsyth, a hugely loved name on British TV having hosted numerous shows in a career spanning eight decades, most recently Strictly Come Dancing, has died.

Forsyth hosted game shows such as "The Price if Right, "The Generation Game" and "Play Your Cards", and he presented BBC One's "Strictly with Tess Daly" from 2004 to 2014, according to BBC".

He was also scheduled to appear on the Christmas special in that same year, but unfortunately had to pull out after failing to recover in time from surgery on an aneurysm, instead posting a video message.

In 2011, Bruce was finally knighted after years of campaigning from fans.

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said that Forsyth "invented and then re-invented Saturday night entertainment".

Over the years he had showed no signs of slowing down and in 2013 stepped out on to the stage at Glastonbury to a standing ovation, where he performed a host of classic songs and teased Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger.

Bruce with Generation Game co-star and second wife Anthea Redfern
Bruce with Generation Game co-star and second wife Anthea Redfern

He then made a decision to learn to dance and later travelled around the United Kingdom with pantomimes, before a performance with the comedian Dickie Henderson in 1958 led to him being offered a job on "Sunday Night At The London Palladium".

The show is said to have attracted around 20 million viewers during it's peak.

He is survived by current wife Lady Wilnelia Forsyth - a former Miss World - as well as second wife Anthea Redfern.

Bruce's wife Wilnelia, 59, spoke of his ill health last November after he underwent life-saving surgery.

She said she found it hard to think about a future without the man she'd been married to for 36 years. "I hope I'll be prepared [for the future] somehow, but it doesn't feel real. The pain is more emotional; sometimes we cry, but mostly we laugh".