Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89

Bruce with Tess Daly

Bruce with Tess Daly

The TV star had struggled with poor health for a while and was hospitalized earlier this year with a chest infection.

His incredible career in show business, which spanned more than 75 years, earned him a Guinness World Record in 2012 for the longest serving male television personality - but it was his wit, charm and clear love for show business that earned him the status of national treasure.

The beloved The Price is Right and former Strictly Come Dancing presenter, who had been battling ill health for some time, was 89.

Sir Bruce's former Strictly Come Dancing co-star Tess Daly spoke of her heartbreak in a statement.

Sir Bruce Forsyth dancing in a West End street where he announced he is to star in a new musical, The Bricusse and Newley Travelling Music Show.

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said (via THR) that Forsyth "invented and then re-invented Saturday night entertainment". I used to go to a zumba class to keep fit; now I do it at home in front of him.

The veteran entertainer has been out of the limelight for a while and previous year was too frail to attend the funeral of close friends Ronnie Corbett or Sir Terry Wogan.

The show's latest addition to the judging panel Shirley Ballas wrote on Twitter that she was a "huge fan" of Sir Bruce's.

His Strictly co-host Tess Daly described him as a "gentleman and true legend".

The Scotsman newspaper recounts how failing health led him to announce that he was leaving Strictly Come Dancing in April 2014, after almost 10 years as the presenter of the show.

"He had remarkable chemistry with his audience - that's what made him such an incredible professional and why he was so loved".

Comedian and TV star Rob Brydon wrote: "So sad to hear about Sir Bruce Forsyth".

"He has been part of all our lives, and we'll miss him dearly".

Forsyth was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 for services to entertainment and charity.

According to IMDB, Forsyth first appeared on television in 1939 on the aptly named show "Come and Be Televised" when he was just 11 years old.

Sir Bruce died at the age of 89 surrounded by his family on Friday.

MailOnline columnist Piers Morgan also paid his respects on social media, tweeting: 'One of Britain's greatest ever entertainers and a lovely man.

The showbiz legend's manager said that Forsytth had died at home, with is wife Wilnelia and his six children by his side, The Sun reported.

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