Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, the BBC has confirmed.
He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loved ones, according to a statement released by his family, which has been cited in multiple publications.
The former host of “Strictly Come Dancing” and “The Generation Game” had stopped TV hosting in recent years due to ill health.
In March this year, the Radio Times reported that Forsyth had been suffering from a severe chest infection. He spent several days in intensive care, then returned home, the magazine said.
In a statement, his manager 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.”
Forsyth, who was knighted in 2011, had a showbiz career spanning more than eight decades. His first showbusiness appearance was at the age of 14, during the Second World War, when he performed a song, dance, and accordion act entitled “Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom.”
He spent most of his years at the BBC. Tony Hall, the head of the corporation, paid tribute to him after his death was made public. Hall said: “
“Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known. He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades, with shows like the Generation Game and, most recently, Strictly. His warmth and his wit were legendary.
“I’ve never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience – that’s what made him such an amazing professional and why he was so loved. He has been part of all of our lives, and we’ll miss him dearly.”
Forsyth withdrew from television work from 2014, when he stopped hosting “Strictly,” which is America is known as “Dancing With the Stars.” He was slated to return for the 2015 “Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special,” but pulled out due to poor health.
He still had a record breaking career. In 2012, Forsyth was granted an entry in the Guinness book of World Records for having the longest career as a male TV entertainer.
Tributes flooded in for the presenter, who hosted “Strictly” from 2004 to 2014. Here’s a selection:
Saddened to hear that Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away. One of television's great entertainers. Didn't he do well. #RIPBrucie
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 18, 2017
Sad news about Sir Bruce Forsyth what legend of entertainment. He was a friend. The whole country will miss him RIP
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 18, 2017
Sad to hear of Sir Bruce Forsyth's death. A tireless charity campaigner, Sir Bruce was Mr Saturday Night and it was always nice to see him.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 18, 2017
In memory of Sir Bruce Forsyth, here's a throwback video to when Ant and Dec performed with him at the National Television Awards in 2012 pic.twitter.com/zStM2lzCNf
— Ant and Dec (@allantanddec) August 18, 2017
Very sad to hear of Sir Bruce Forsyth's death. It is a huge loss to the world he was one-of-a-kind
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) August 18, 2017