By Christian Smith
Former Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Sir Bruce Forsyth, has died at the aged 89.
Sir Forsyth, who presented the show with Tess Daly had pulled out in 2014, due to ill health. His family said he had recently contracted Bronchopneumonia and had died peacefully this afternoon “surrounded by his wife and all his children,” at his home.
In a statement released today, Ian Wilson, said: “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!'”
Earlier this year, the veteran entertainment TV host, who was famous for his “nice to see you, to see you nice” catchphrase suffered from a severe chest infection.
Various people have paid tribute to the symbolic entertainer who began his career at 14-years-old. His career spanned many decades and it “was always nice” to see him on TV.
Arsenal and England footballer Theo Walcott wrote on Twitter: “RIP Sir Bruce Forsyth. So sad to hear the news – one of Britain’s greatest entertainers. Sending my thoughts to his friends and family.”
Piers Morgan said: “One of Britain’s greatest ever entertainers & a lovely man.
Very sad news”