British TV Presenter Bruce Forsyth Dies Aged 89

Sir Bruce Forsyth dies: The world of showbiz reacts

Breaking: Legendary TV presenter Bruce Forsyth sadly passes away aged 89

Stars paid their tributes to the king of light entertainment on Twitter, with Olympic gymnast Louis Smith tweeting: "So sad to hear about Sor Bruce Forsyth. a legend for me growing up and a legend to meet in person always be loved!"

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

"It was more than nice to see you, to see you more than nice", said Stephen Fry, paraphrasing one of Forsyth's most famous one-liners.

"His enormous support after I was let go from the Strictly panel meant so much". "He has been part of all of our lives, and we'll miss him dearly". When he appeared on Broadway in a one-man show in 1979, Mel Gussow, reviewing it in The New York Times, dismissed him as a performer who would "do nearly anything for a laugh".

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The popular variety entertainer, who was a mainstay of British television from the 1970s onwards, made his television debut at age 14 singing and dancing on a talent show.

Sir Bruce had bowed out of the limelight in recent times due to ill health following more than 70 years in show businesses.

Sir Bruce Forsyth's former Strictly Come Dancing co-star Tess Daly has told of her heartbreak following his death.

Piers Morgan wrote: "RIP Sir Bruce Forsyth, 89".

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"He had great charm, great humour - he was an all-round performer".

"He was such a talented man as well, he could play the piano, he could sing, he could dance, he could do practically everything". The way he ran a game show was exceptional - a unique talent.

As the genre fell out of fashion in the 2000s, Forsyth's career began to slide - but he got a renewed boost in 2003 when he hosted an episode of Have I Got News For You.

Sir Bruce Forsyth with his OBE, again pulling his "Thinking man" pose. Though the cause of death has not been revealed, the beloved game show host has been known to have experienced health problems over the last few years.

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