Beloved TV host Bruce Forsyth dies at 89
Beloved British television host, Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away at 89.
The veteran presenter kept audiences entertained throughout his illustrious career which spanned over 75 years. Whether he was dancing, singing or throwing out his famous catchphrase, "nice to see you, to see you nice", Forsyth was a familiar and comforting face for scores of Brits.
Beginning his career in show business at the tender age of 14, Bruce launched a song, dance and accordion act which he entitled, Boy Bruce, The Mighty Atom. He was inspired to pursue a life in the performing arts after watching Fred Astaire in Hollywood films. His talents, however, did not stop at showbiz. During World War Two, Bruce toured the UK with circuses and became rather well-known for his eponymous strong-man act.
Forsyth only became a mighty presence on the small screen after he landed his own series, Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game. He then went to host some of Britain's favourite television programmes, including Play Your Cards Right, You Bet! And perhaps most famously, The Price Is Right.
But what the younger generation undoubtedly know him best for is BBC's Strictly Come Dancing where he continued to keep us entertained with his amusing commentary and smooth dance moves until his departure in 2014. Forsyth stated that he had chosen to step down from hosting the popular dance show because of its long and tiresome studio hours.
The presenter had been plagued with illness throughout 2017 and was reported to have been hospitalised earlier this year after suffering from a severe chest infection. In 2015, Forsyth underwent keyhole surgery after he had two aneurysms.
Bruce's manager, Ian Wilson issued a public statement following the announcement saying, "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."
He added that the public are asked to respect their privacy at this "very difficult time".
RIP Bruce Forsyth, and thank you for keeping us all so very entertained for the last 75 years. Your impact on the entertainment industry is insurmountable.