Sir Bruce Forsyth was a veteran TV presenter and performer who was adored by generations after generations. A prominent figure in the public eye, many of us followed Bruce’s television career through the decades, his warmth and wit securing his place as one of the most popular TV personalities of our time.
His family confirmed the sad news on Friday that he had passed away, aged 89, after an on-going struggle with ill health. Following the announcement, tributes to the TV legend poured in on social media with many of Sir Bruce’s colleagues leading the way.
But most recently, the show on which he was most beloved, Strictly Come Dancing, have revealed how they will pay a touching tribute to the TV superstar.
Executive producer, Louise Rainbow, shared, “The thoughts of everyone here are still very much with Sir Bruce’s family.”
And revealing what shape the dedication would take, she said, “Of course, we will be paying tribute to Sir Bruce at our launch show
and this will include a heartfelt performance from our Strictly
“We all want to celebrate him and all that he loved about the show. Sir Bruce was, and will always be, a huge part of Strictly Come Dancing.”
Presumably, veteran pros on the show including Anton Du Beke and Brendan Cole will take part in the dance, which will honour all the different aspects of Sir Bruce’s long career.
(Bruce alongside pro dancer Anton Du Beke in 2013)
Tess Daly, who co-hosted Strictly Come Dancing alongside Sir Bruce, also shared an emotional tribute on Twitter following the news, where she described him as her ‘co-host, mentor and friend’.
Tess wrote: ‘There are no words to describe how heartbroken I am to be told the saddest news that my dear friend Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away. From the moment we met, Bruce and I did nothing but laugh our way through a decade of work together on Strictly Come Dancing and I will never forget his generosity, his brilliant sense of humour and his drive to entertain the audiences he loved.’
She added: ‘He has been there for me as a co-host, a mentor but most importantly as a friend and I’m extremely fortunate to have worked alongside the man who defined Saturday night entertainment for so many decades. He was a gentleman and a true legend. I will miss him deeply. My heart goes out to Winnie his wife and his beautiful family at this sad time.’
Claudia Winkleman took over from Sir Bruce as Strictly co-host to Tess in 2014. She wrote on Twitter: ‘The Bruce you saw really was the man he was. We’ll miss him so much.’
With a career in TV and showbiz that lasted over 75 years, it is no wonder Sir Bruce received so many emotional tributes.
Ruth Langsford, This Morning presenter and Loose Women panelist, dedicated stint on Strictly this year to Sir Bruce. She wrote: ‘Grew up watching this wonderful man… I hope we will do him proud n @bbcstrictlly This one’s for you Sir Bruce x’.
Strictly’s Zoe Ball wrote: ‘Dear Sir Bruce. Truly natural & magical entertainer, so wonderful with his audiences. in his words You’re My Favourite RIP’.
Elton John, Phillip Schofield, Piers Morgan, Sir Alan Sugar, Stephen Fry, Joan Collins, and Gary Lineker are just a small collection of the stars who also paid their tributes to Sir Bruce.
Sir Bruce Forsyth was born in Edmonton, London in 1928. His big break in TV came when he hosted Sunday Night At The London Palladium in 1958 but he also brought several generations joy as host of shows including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price Is Right.
His wife of 34 years, Wilnelia is reported to have been left her husband’s entire fortune which is thought to be around £17 million. It is thought that she will distribute some of this between Bruce’s six children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Sir Bruce had been battling bronchial pneumonia and had suffered two aneurysms. The Sunday Mirror report that he passed away holding the hand of his wife and surrounded by his children.